Luke 2:1-7 —

In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered.  This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria.  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, because he was descended from the house and family of David.  He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child.

While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child.  And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.


from Tom Chafin, First Christian Church, St. Albans

A mysterious force called the “homing instinct” can be found among animals, and even stronger in humans.  Somehow Christmas seems to trigger this instinct….and so, the world moves homeward at Christmas.

How ironic that a holiday which draws us home had its origin with the story of the Holy Family far from home?  Our scripture tells us that Jesus, the Son of God, heir to all the wealth in the universe was truly a long way from home for Christmas!

Actually, we’re not really at home either.  Deep down there is often restlessness in us.   We feel a little separated from what we would like to be, or where we would like to go in life.  Hopes and dreams slip away….we get old too soon…make mistakes along the way…disappoint some people (and they disappoint us).  We are always a little bit away from the home we dream of.

Jesus’ coming has made it possible for us to truly go home.  May we come to know the One who left His heavenly home to give us a plan of salvation that will take us on this restless journey of life to the real home of God’s love and God’s eternity.

Rejoice! “The Word has become flesh and lives among us,” and we know the truth; we are going home!

Call us home again, O God, as we journey with your people

toward the stable where life begins anew.