Daily reading: 7 January

Joseph took the child and his mother to Israel.

Something to read

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.

Matthew 2:19-21, 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?

Ten years of war in the Democratic Republic of Congo have left a legacy of poverty, displacement, violence and corruption. Against that backdrop, Christian Aid’s partners help communities to rebuild their lives and futures. 

Together we support human rights, peace and democracy training, HIV and AIDS education, credit schemes, livelihoods training and women who have suffered sexual violence.

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!


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 minister with the United Reformed Church.