A Difficult Journey
In the midst of this Pandemic, with all troubles that 2020 have brought us and at this time of the year, I’m reminded of the parallels to the first Christmas. Two verses in scripture give us a brief account of and insight into this difficult journey of Mary and Joseph.
“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. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child” (Luke 2: 4-5 NIV)
Perhaps I relate to Joseph as one of my name sakes, but we can all appreciate the stress he must have been under. Under government mandate to make this trip which was on foot taking many days through unfamiliar lands, he was forced to endure. Concerned about his soon-to-be-wife’s safety and medical condition who was late in her pregnancy, his stresses mounted. He did not know where they would stay or eat and had little control over their journey. They were acting out of faith, but certain under tremendous emotional pressure.
This year we can relate to the stresses of government mandates, concerns of medical conditions for our loved ones and self as well as not knowing where this journey will take us. Some have been impacted by financial burdens this year that make having food and shelter a challenge. We too are under much stress and looking to God to carry us through this difficult time.
We know how the journey that preceded the first Christmas ended. God fulfilled his promises to us with the birth of our Savior. Jesus entered the world and would later reconcile us to God.
Shepherds (poor working men) as well as Wise Men (wealthy dignitaries) would follow a star and celebrate his coming. How wonderful and refreshing it must have been to Joseph and Mary to complete this journey with the birth of Jesus.
In the current year, God will provide an answer to our journey as he always has. Whether it is a vaccine or some other solution, he has a plan. By Faith, we will overcome this virus and our current troubles. It will nice to look back on this journey at some time in the future and see God’s footprints and blessings.
During this Christmas season, let’s remember and celebrate God’s answer to our past, present and future problems in Jesus Christ who was born as a baby in a lowly manger so many years ago. Merry Christmas to our TPCS Family and if I have to be on this difficult journey, it is my pleasure to be on it with you. By Faith we will get through this.