Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Procession

“And Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family line of David, to be registered along with Mary, who was engaged to him and was pregnant.” (Luke 2:4-5)

Imagine a long, lonely, dusty road among rolling hills winding its way through the hills to a valley where there is a river. The road continues, paralleling the river so travelers can make the journey to the capital on level ground. The river is called “Jordan.” Choose a spot on that road in your mind, and in that place see a young couple. The young man, with black hair and dark eyes, is bundled against the cold. With him, riding on a donkey, is a young girl who is pregnant and only days from delivering her first-born. He is a descendant of kings. So is she. But he is a carpenter and among the poorest of the poor of the land. Long story. They are a young couple nobody notices. They are journeying on this dusty road to Bethlehem, a young couple insignificant as the world judges people.

No one sees, but the hand of God is on this couple, and angels are going before them preparing the way. The baby she is about to give birth to is going to change the world. And no one can stop it.

Never underestimate even the least of those who are in the Lord. It could be your greatest mistake.

Lord, We are in awe of You and Your wisdom and Your ways. Thank You. Amen.

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