The Road to Bethlehem: Mary

 

Imagine you’re Mary, on the road to Bethlehem. What would you say to God?

 

 

  • What will people think?
  • What’s in it for me?
  • Your will be done.

Nazareth to Bethlehem.  90 miles. Not a pleasant trip for a very pregnant woman, on foot or by donkey. Me? I’d whine, “this is NOT what I signed up for.”

God doesn’t promise that your road to Bethlehem will be an easy trip.

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Safe Shelter for Babies

It’s Christmas, and we focus on the much-loved baby in the feed box. Let’s take a moment to pray for unwanted babies who desperately need safe shelter. The Drop Box, a documentary produced in 2015, tells how a South Korean pastor stepped in to rescue babies who would otherwise be killed or abandoned.

 

Lee Jong-rak attached a box to the side of his house with a sign, “Place to Leave Babies.”

The documentary was directed by Brian Ivie, who became a Christian while making the movie. “These kids are not mistakes,” he said. “They are important.”

Lord Jesus, we pray for all the babies who are considered mistakes, unwanted burdens. May they find safe shelter with someone like Pastor Jong-rak. Pour abundant blessings on him and others who eagerly welcome these unwanted babies into their lives. Amen.

 

 

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Your Will Be Done

When Joseph stepped out on the road to Bethlehem, he had no idea it would take them to Egypt.

Psalm 119:34 (ERV)
Save me from those who want to hurt me,
and I will obey your instructions.

 

Your road to Bethlehem may take some unexpected turns. Fear not, God goes with you.

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What’s In It for Me?

Did Joseph wonder why God used a hateful order from an hated ruler to fulfill prophecy that the Messiah be born in Bethlehem? I wonder if Joseph moaned, “All this, and taxes too!”

Isaiah 55:9 (ERV)
My ways are higher than your ways, and my thoughts are higher than your thoughts.

Don’t worry if your Bethlehem journey doesn’t go according to your plan. God’s got this.

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What Will People Think?

Maybe Joseph worried that other people would think he was a wimp, or crazy, or foolish for heading to Bethlehem with Mary. Scripture says otherwise:

Matthew 1:19, 24  (ERV)
Joseph, was a good man . . . he did what the Lord’s angel told him to do.

 

All that matters. Lord, is what you think. May my Bethlehem journey be both good and obedient in your eyes.

 

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Simply Step Out in Faith

 

You don’t have to know where you’re going
to step into God’s plan.

 

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The Road to Bethlehem: Joseph

 

Imagine that you’re Joseph, on the road to Bethlehem. What would you be saying to God?

 

 

  • What will people think?
  • What’s in it for me?
  • Your will be done

There’s solid and steady Joseph, on the road to Bethlehem.  On the road to the unexpected. Ready or not, he’s on a journey to change the world.

What about you? Has God called you to step out in faith, to take the first steps on a journey to change your world? What’s your road to Bethlehem? Ready or not, step into God’s plan.

 

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Sheltering AIDS Orphans

37 million people are living with AIDS. Since the world started counting, another 35 million died from AIDS and related illness.

13 million children have lost one or both parents to AIDS. Many organizations minister to these children.

One group, AIDS Orphans and Street Children, has a unique approach:

“. . . it would take 80,000 orphanages that hold 500 children each just to house the children orphaned by AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa alone.  Our Rescue Unit concept is a more practical way to reach those in need.”

These Rescue Units provide education, medication, food, emotional and spiritual support.

“The Rescue Units are small portable buildings set up near the orphans’ own villages. Rescue Units can help several hundred orphans in a five-mile radius.”

Our hearts go out to these children, Lord. So much need, in places with so few resources. Bless the relatives and neighbors who take these orphans into their homes. Bless the mission organizations that have stepped in to help. Provide enough to go around. And, Lord, make an end to the disease.
Amen.

 

 

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Two Wrongs Aren’t Right

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Simply Pray

 

You don’t have to read well to pray well.

 

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