Sacred Journeys

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

“All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem….he went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child." (Luke 2:3-5)

It had to have been quite a journey for this young couple to take. There were many dangers and pitfalls to traverse along the way. A hard trip in many ways. When I think of the trips that I remember, it is the ones that were hard. Camping as a young person with my parents and two younger brothers, forged a strong bond for us as family members. Setting up tents in the rain, blowing up air mattresses, swatting mosquitoes, these are the stories we still share today. There is something about being tested, to what seems beyond your limits only to find you are capable of more than you thought, that causes a lingering memory in the mind.

It’s clear that God wanted to bond the world to a story. So Jesus' birth narrative is not an easy one. It has dangers and peril all the way for this teenage virgin mom and her fiancé.  Creativity was required for them to find water and shelter. The most famous being the “Motel Manger.”

Right now, I am caught up 100% by Tebow Mania! I love the Bronco games right now as most of you do as well. But contrary to Monday's paper and some of the sports articles, there is no favor from God upon the team. God does not care who wins a football game. What I like about Tebow is his capacity to create and find solutions. Head coach John Fox has gone outside the conventional school of football philosophy to adopt a new NFL strategy to fit Tebow’s style. The team has been on the ropes and faced hardship with each of Tebow’s 7 wins. But there is not a player or fan who won’t remember this wonderful run. We have all been drawn into the story.

God has pulled you into the grand adventure of the donkey ride from Nazareth to Bethlehem. It's not a leisurely vacation. However, it starts the greatest story of all time. You are invited in for the ride of eternal life. You’re not a coach of those on the field, or a fan in the stands. You are one of the children of God invited to be a friend of the lead character, Jesus the Christ!

As we prepare to celebrate the birth of the Christchild once more, I pray that you will take time to give thanks for the times God worked through the  challenging times in your journey, to bond you to great companions for life. Also in the rocks and hard places of life right now, where is Jesus perhaps pointing you to get creative and see past the box of choices you’ve drawn solutions from in the past?

May God bless your sacred journey!

Still in One Peace,

Pastor David J. Jensen

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