The Path to Christmas 04

Sometimes the longest journey is not marked in miles or kilometers. It is marked by significance. Mary and Joseph journeyed only a few days on their path to Bethlehem. The wise men journeyed from the other side of the world to see the newborn King. The importance of these journeys cannot be underestimated. The wise men were the first Gentiles (non-Jews) to formally acknowledge the Savior. But Mary and Joseph were about to birth and then parent Him!

Physically, their journey was less than the thousand or so miles traveled by the wise men over two years. But in terms of importance, Mary and Joseph’s far outweighed that.

When Pam passed away in August, I left after a week for a “journey” of my own. In all during those weeks, I drove over 3,000 miles and visited places meaningful to us over our forty-year marriage. But the miles I covered were not nearly as long as the few feet I had to cover when I walked from my garage into my house… alone for the first time after her death.

The most significant journey you take this Christmas may not be measured in miles. It may be the journey to end a family feud. It may be your first time home… in a lot of years. Or it may be your first Christmas without a spouse or parent or child or friend. It may not click off a lot of numbers on your odometer or add to your frequent flyer account. But the significance of that journey may be so very weighty.

And for some, (as it was for me), Christmas may lead you on that most important journey of all… to the foot of the cross. Eternal life waits for you there!


“So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David….” Luke 2:4a

Father in Heaven, no matter where our Christmas journey takes us this year, may we know that You are guiding and enlightening our steps. For some, the trip may not be long in miles, but nonetheless deep in meaning. Help us to trust You no matter where the journey leads as we follow Your Light, and the Life that is in our Savior, Jesus Christ. We pray in His great Name. Amen.


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