Reading: Matthew 1:18-2:23
The biblical text for Day 2 at camp this summer is Luke’s nativity account. An alternate reading for that day is Matthew’s account, which begins with the announcement of Mary’s pregnancy and continues to include Jesus’ birth, the Wise men and Herod, the sojourn of the holy family in Egypt and their return to Nazareth. It’s a lot to read and contemplate.
As I reread it I was struck by the different means God uses to communicate with the various people in the stories. Angels make several appearances. The Old Testament scriptures are quoted several times. The Magi consult the stars. And there are plain ordinary dreams. Then I wondered a bit about how I hear God communicating to me. Often it is in sermons. Scripture is important. Many times it is in conversation with others. And then there are hunches—goadings—recurring thoughts. The trick for me is to follow-up. Too often I just want to dismiss this stuff and move on. It’s easier. But then there is this thought—what if Joseph had done that? He had several opportunities to just stick with the familiar and ignore God’s message. But he didn’t.
And so today--How does God work at getting through to you? Do you pay attention? --Jim Bricker, Camp Mount Luther Chaplain to the Summer Staff
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