Matthew 2, 19-21
Something to read
But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, saying, “Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child's life.” And he arose, and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel.
King James Version
When Herod died, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt and said, ‘Get up, take the child and his mother, and go to the land of Israel, for those who were seeking the child’s life are dead.’ Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother, and went to the land of Israel.
New Revised Standard Version
Something to think about
It is safe to go home now! What a joy to hear those words. No longer forced to live as an alien in another country. Back to the place you know and love. Home.
But returning home is not always easy. Is it really safe? Who will be left? Will I get my old job back? Will my home and land be destroyed?
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Home. It may never be quite the same again. But it is still home.
Something to do
Look around your home and consider what makes it home for you? Is it the furniture, the pictures on the walls or the keepsakes on the shelves? Or is it the memories, the photos and the people you share your home with?
Think of ten things that you would take with you if you needed to leave your home in a hurry – and make sure they are safe!
Something to pray
Thank God for those ten things that you would take with you in an emergency, if you did not know when or if you could return.
Today's contributor is Melanie Smith, a student training for ministry with the United Reformed Church at Westminster College, Cambridge.