Daily D – Luke 2:4
Luke 2:4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. (NIV)
Matthew 2:13-15 When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.” So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: “Out of Egypt I called my son.” (NIV)
Life is often called a path, a journey, a pilgrimage, and an expedition. Something happens inside of us as we go where we have never been. We are stretched in such a manner that we never return to our original shape. True Christmas does that.
Beyond the lights and packages and seasonal music, there is the story, the reality, the unglamorous, unmistakable entry of God into his creation on mission to draw all people to himself in a singular story of living, giving, redeeming, and returning.
Mary and Joseph’s story sounds something like wayfaring strangers. A week’s journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem. A week’s journey to Egypt. Another week or more home to Nazareth.
Where all have you traveled for Christmas? What memories rise to remembrance?
Where are you in your story, your expedition?
What stories will you live this Christmas that you will remember in all your Christmases to come?
How will the first Christmas shape your remembrance and celebration?
I will wonder as I wander.
Our Father, I look back. I look around. I look ahead with wonder. Some stories are too good to be true. This story is so good because it is true. Thank you for including us in your story. May our story help others know your story. Amen.
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Psalm 32:7-9 For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory. Interlude The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. Do not be like a senseless horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control.”
Exodus 39:42, 43 So the people of Israel followed all of the Lord’s instructions to Moses. Then Moses inspected all their work. When he found it had been done just as the Lord had commanded him, he blessed them.
Exodus 33:13 “If it is true that you look favorably on me, let me know your ways so I may understand you more fully and continue to enjoy your favor. And remember that this nation is your very own people.”
Exodus 31:1-5 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Look, I have specifically chosen Bezalel son of Uri, grandson of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. I have filled him with the Spirit of God, giving him great wisdom, ability, and expertise in all kinds of crafts. He is a master craftsman, expert in working with gold, silver, and bronze. He is skilled in engraving and mounting gemstones and in carving wood. He is a master at every craft!”