Searching For A Safe Home

Friday, December 4, 2015
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Matthew 2:13 – When [the Magi] 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." (NIV)

The situation in the world today where so many people are fleeing for their lives from war and terrorism, searching for a safe home, reminds me of Jesus' family fleeing for their lives to Egypt in ancient times. Jesus was born and placed in a manger, but that was no safe home, as Herod was already looking for the Baby to kill Him. Jesus' parents fled to Egypt looking for a safe home. In many countries today, people are treated with so much disrespect that they are afraid and flee. What does God think of the present situation? We get a clue from the fact that God supported Joseph and his family in their flight to Egypt.

What does all this say to us this Christmas? Many of us fear for our safety today, as the long arm of terrorism threatens our own communities. Where has that safe kind of community gone, where neighbours care about each other? Unfortunately, working people today have little time for God or neighbour. Even in some churches, where we expect to find helpful friends, there is no love or support. People around us, and even we ourselves, care only about themselves — we're so busy trying to make ends meet. Few still look to God for their safe home. This can be a sad Christmas for many as they look for a safe home and for people to love and help them.

The shepherds back then also had no safe home, when they were living in the fields watching their sheep, exposed to the elements and wild animals. They did not have a loving community around them, but they found Jesus in the manger, and their hearts were at home as they worshipped the Christ Child. Are we also transients running away from danger, looking for a safe place to stay? Are we searching for the Christ Child because our lives are empty and Christmas feels empty? No hope? No love? Do we know people like that? We need to pray that they will find a helpful community where love and support are evident. We need to pray for all those running far away looking for a safe home. God knows the way to that home, and moreover, He leads us forward towards our spiritual home with Him.

As we kneel and celebrate the birth of Jesus, we pray for all who have no safe home today. May the Lord be with them as they look for safety and for people who care. May our own homes be safe places where Jesus' love and faithful caring is evident to all who seek Him and know Him.

Prayer: Lord, show us how to open our lives and our homes to those in need of Your love and caring. As You stay with us, Lord, we acknowledge that in Your presence there is strength for the transient, and that we can make room for those in need. May we share Your love with the people who have no safe home. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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Iris Ford

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    So true!

    Enjoyed. Have a Merry Christmas.

    Thanks Iris for this timely devotional. Praying for peace and safe homes for all. Blessings.

    Hi Iris
    Great analogy! Our church brought in a Syrian refugee family in June…the best thing we did this year!

    Beautifully said, Iris. Our church is sponsoring a refugee family. We expect them to arrive any day now. There are many other families coming to our area as well. So many people are coming forward to provide help for them. Blessings.

    As usual, I was able to recognize your word-crafting and wisdom long before I saw that you were the author of today’s DD. You are a great encouragement to those who are unsure of the way forward, as we all try to come to terms with a world that is so very different from the one we grew up in. Well done Iris!
    Our church is generating leadership to take the congregation through the process of sponsoring a refugee family from Syria while supporting the programmes which support those in camps they have established to cope with the numbers of displaced persons.
    Thanks again for the uplifting thoughts this morning and keep on doing what you do so well – writing and encouraging others who “seek daily to try and follow the path of Jesus in the world today”
    With warmest wishes for a thoughtful celebration of the coming of Christ at Christmas and a contented way of life in 2016.

    Merry Christmas to you and yours. I thought you are in a small community that the hand of friendship would be there. It sure is alive and well.

    Dear Iris,
    Thanks for your succinct exposition. May we be agents providing safe homes for the vulnerable in our communities. May God continue to inspire you to bless the people of God.

    This is a very thought provoking devotional in light of the refugee immigration that is threatening many people, myself included.
    I feel if they opened the plan to Christian Syrians I would be more comfortable and confident of its acceptance and success.
    I am praying a lot about my heart’s attitude.
    Bless you.

    Dear Iris,
    I thought this devotional was just wonderful. It’s the kind of thing we really need to understand and believe and discuss with everyone. I got a very shocking email from someone who sent me an item from the cartoon character Maxine. It was nasty set of comments about “illegals.” I found it repulsive and replied with scripture references such as Matthew:25. Now, this devotional explains further what we should be saying and doing as Christians. It has been very helpful. Thanks.

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