12 Days of Christmas - Flight Into Egypt

The UNHCR.org.uk calculates that at the end of 2013 there were 51.2 million displaced people in our world. Fifty percent of these were under 18 years of age.

They are refugees, asylum seekers, and internally displaced people caught in violence not of their own making. They are forced to gather the few possessions they can carry and, with children and babies, walk long distances from their homes in search of a safe feature.

Jesus was a refugee; an asylum seeker escaping from genocide. His parents were on the run from a violent dictator. Seeking safety, they were running for their lives and their hope for a future.

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Bible Reading

Posted by Ryan Bolger on November 30, 2014  

Matthew 2:13-20 (The Message)

After the scholars were gone, God’s angel showed up again in Joseph’s dream and commanded, “Get up. Take the child and his mother and flee to Egypt. Stay until further notice. Herod is on the hunt for this child, and wants to kill him.”

Joseph obeyed. He got up, took the child and his mother under cover of darkness. They were out of town and well on their way by daylight. They lived in Egypt until Herod’s death. This Egyptian exile fulfilled what Hosea had preached: “I called my son out of Egypt.”

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Weekly Reflection

Posted by Ryan Bolger on November 30, 2014  

Look again at He Qi's art. Why do you think he has fractured the image so much?

Daily Ritual

Posted by Ryan Bolger on November 30, 2014  

When you light your five candles on Christmas day and after, think about and pray for children whose future is threatened by violence, in your city, and around the world. These are for people for whom waiting is fearful, uncertain, and spirit breaking.

The Christian Church season of Christmas (12 Days of Christmas) runs until January 6. You might like to keep lighting your candles, or just the Christ candle, through this time. We need Advent to keep us from having Christmas too soon, and we need the 12 days to stop us giving it up too quickly.

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