Presence

Daily reading: Luke 2:1-20
Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Focus passage: In those days Caesar Augustus declared that everyone throughout the empire should be enrolled in the tax lists.  This first enrollment occurred when Quirinius governed Syria.  Everyone went to their own cities to be enrolled.  Luke 2:1-3

Luke begins the second chapter of his gospel with these words, “In those days Caesar Augustus declared that everyone throughout the empire should be enrolled in the tax lists.” In verse four we read, “Since Joseph belonged to David’s house and family line, he went up from the city of Nazareth in Galilee to David’s city, called Bethlehem in Judea. He went to be enrolled together with Mary, who was promised to him in marriage and who was pregnant.” 
And everyone is put into motion.
Like we all are.  “In those days when Mrs. Martin assigned a take home project for all second graders and we find out at 8 p.m. that it is due tomorrow.”  Or “in those days when the military relocated my family to El Paso.”  Or “in those days when we got word from the doctor that it is cancer.”
As we make room for others in our lives, we find that life still goes on with all of its blessings and challenges.   God is present in our daily living.  In the complexities, when we feel out of control, God is present.

Prayer: Incarnate God, may I make room for your presence in my words and actions today.  Amen.

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