Food 4 the Road 9: Journey

As we reflect on Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem today, I invite you to look around the space in which you currently find yourself.

What do you love about it? Do you consider it a safe-haven, a sanctuary?

At the time that Mary and Joseph received news that she was carrying the Christ-child, they were living in the sanctuary of their community in Nazareth. But, a Roman decree was issued for all to register for the census in their home towns that the Empire might keep careful tax of her citizens – and taxpayers.

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register. 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 2:1-5

Angel visitations.
An unexpected pregnancy.
And now – an undesirable journey of some 25 kilometres at an inconvenient time!

So, today, I invite you to let this reflection interrupt what you are doing and move you from where you are.

You don’t have to journey 25kms but do take a wander outside, around the block, or simply into a different part of the building where you may be. As you move, picture Mary and Joseph undertaking their journey and try to imagine yourself in the story. The following questions may help you:

  • how do they feel about going?
  • what are their fears?
  • how do they travel?
  • is it just the two of them or do they travel with a group?
  • what is the weather like?
  • how do 25kms feel to a pregnant woman?

God, you are on the move.
Move us too.
Even when it’s challenging.
Even when it’s inconvenient.
Even when we’re comfortable where we are right now.

Move us
that we might see things from a different perspective,
and put ourselves in another’s shoes,
and be counted as people of faith as we follow you.

God, you are on the move.

About Yvonne Ghavalas

A minister in the Uniting Church in Australia, sharer of stories, sandwich enthusiast, seeker, and sometimes fool (archaic), sporadic blogger at

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