December 23 – The Journey

Luke 2:1-7: In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.


Don’t you hate it when your nine months pregnant and then all of a sudden you have to go on an 80 mile hike across the desert; mountain hopping under the close watch of an occupying force looking for rebels, while carrying the next king of the world? We try very hard to avoid this situation with pregnant mothers of all babies! We have doctors to advise the best course of action for mothers, but yet this is what was demanded of the pregnant newlyweds. This was not recommended by pediatricians anywhere. 

We know they had to go. We recall the prophecy of Micah that the eternal king would be born in Bethlehem. In order for this baby to be the eternal king, he must fulfill the promises made by God long ago, otherwise the baby cannot be the King.

They arrive in the town and are unable to find housing in an inn. The town’s filled up with people and all the spots are taken, save a small manger. This is not the expected introduction to the world that a King above all kings should have! However, it is the entrance of the Forever King into the world.



Dear God,

Thank you for fulfilling your promises. You moved Mary and Joseph to the right place at the right time. Thank you for taking care of us in the same way. Help us to recognize your wisdom in our lives as we strive to serve you the best way we know how.

In Jesus’ name,



Carol of the Day:

Angels from the Realms of Glory


Family Activity:

New Year’s Resolutions

I realize it’s a bit early, but talk among one another about what you want the next year to look like. Is there something special you want to do? Want to change? how will you work together to complete it? Most resolutions are individual and never pan out. Planning together will help keep everyone accountable and push you to doing what you plan on doing.

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