Sunday to Monday / Take the Alternate Route

The 1st Sunday after Christmas we celebrated with the continuation of the Christmas story.  It's not pretty - innocent children are killed as Herod, the threatened ruler is afraid of the newborn King and the Holy Family must flee to Egypt.  Quite a turn of events. 

But we can find hope in our God who in Jesus joined God's self to our story.  Jesus knows our sorrows and suffering; God is not distant.  We can join God in the alternate route away from pain and hate to be humble and kind.  A route of peace and love. 

We were inspired by this song and video, "Nothing More"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhccnFEs6z4

We agreed to keep Hunter Lee in our prayers as he heads to Kenya with Athletes in Action for a golf/ministry trip.  He leaves today and will be gone through January 10th.  Here's a link to where blog posts will hopefully be updated to let us know how his trip is going.  http://teamblogs.athletesinaction.org/2014-teams/golf---kenya

Here are some reflections for these final days of 2013. 

  • Is Christmas over for you? How might you bring the spirit, love and peace of Christmas into each of your days going forward? 
  • Do you think Joseph had second thoughts about leaving his home, job, possessions behind to flee to Egypt? How far will you step out of your comfort zone for people? What can you do to insure the safety or well being of sisters and brothers in Christ near and far? 
  • The story in Matt 2:13-23 reminds us that there is suffering in the world, but God is in the midst of it. Ask God to give you strength and courage to be God’s presence when there is suffering that breaks your heart. 
  • When have you felt like an outsider, a refugee or an alien? How might you reach out to others who are far from home this year?

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