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Friday, 23 December 2011

A Christmas Journey for Spiritual Sundays

Hello dear friends in bloggy land and welcome to my last post for Spiritual Sundays this year!

I wanted to share something meaningful which related to the birth of our Lord Jesus when I came upon this wonderful devotional written by Dave Egner from Our Daily Bread.

Christmas Journey

How far is it from Nazareth to Bethlehem? If you're in Pennsylvania, it's about 9 miles and takes about 10 minutes by car. But if you're in Nazareth of Galilee, and you're traveling along with your pregnant wife, as Joseph was, it's about 80 miles to Bethlehem. That journey probably took Joseph and Mary about a week, and they didn't stay in a nice hotel when they got there. All Joseph could find was a stall in a stable, and that's where Mary delivered " her first-born Son." {Luke 2:7}

But the journey for the infant Jesus was much farther than 80 miles. He left His place in heaven at God's right hand, came to earth, and accepted our humanity.
Eventually, He was stretched out on a cross to die, and He was buried in a borrowed tomb.

But the journey was not over. He conquered death, left the tomb, walked again among men, and ascended to heaven. Even that is not the journey's end. Someday He will return as King of kings and Lord of lords.

As you take a Christmas journey this month, reflect on the journey Jesus made for us. He came from heaven to earth to die for us, making salvation available through His death on the cross and His glorious Resurrection.

Praise God for that first Christmas journey!


Thank you Charlotte for hosting Spiritual Sundays each week. The Lord bless you and your family especially at this lovely time of year!

And from my home to yours, Merry Christmas and may you and your loved ones be blessed this coming New Year with Good Health & Happiness.

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi


Fixing My Thoughts said...

Hi Sandi, thank you for sharing Mr. Egner's words ... so worthy of taking them to heart. And thank you for sharing your wonderful and beautiful blog with us! Have a very Merry Christmas and a most Blessed 2012! Bess

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Thank you Sandi. Seasons Best Wishes. Merry Christmas.

Ann said...

Thanks, Sandi, for the beautiful post and wishes! It's been a lot of fun reading your blog and I look forward to reading more good posts in the coming new year!! God Bless!!

The Rosegarden in Malevik said...

Hi Sandi
Lovley words :)
and do not miss.....



It´s fun :)
And I wish you a Merry Merry Christmas
HÃ¥kan ( The Roseman)

Anonymous said...

Such a special post...timely and truly what life is all about...following the liturigal year with the Church. The picture of Jesus and Mary on the way and such a long way for them...a week before the birth and a lifetime with the Son. Thank you, thank you for the post.

Also I love your Christmas header. I appreciate all your posts and the effort you make to give them to us in blogland. I do not have a post but you are among my top favorite ones.

Mary Christ Mass aka Merry Christmas,
~Sylvia Faye

LadyV said...

Sandi, thank you for sharing these beautiful words.

Blessings to you and your family this holiday season.


Clif said...

This is so good. Thank you for posting. Merry Christmas!

Cathy said...

Merry Christmas to you too Sandi. I hope it is filled with joy and happiness.

Don't eat too many cookies, leave them for Santa.


Jil~Say It With Roses said...

A beautifully written post, my good friend! I never tire of hearing this inspiring story!
Wishing you a warm, cozy and very Merry Christmas!
♥ Jil

Sarah (Nikki) said...

Hi Sandie...awesome post....from my heart to yours....I wish you and your family the best Christmas ever. Stay safe and hope it's a ton of fun...

Victorian1885 said...

Beautiful Sandi.. May the magic & wonder of the Season amaze you.. Merry Christmas!


Charlotte said...

Very good, Sandi. It isn't just about the birth of Jesus. It is sooo much more. Thank you for sharing this.
Christmas Blessings,

Pamela said...

I cannot imagine riding 80 miles on a donkey when I was 9 months pregnant. I love the thought of Jesus traveling much further -- from Heaven to earth.

Have a Merry Christmas as you celebrate Jesus -- may it be filled with His presence.


Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

Thank you for this beautiful post! Indeed Jesus made this incredible journey for us! And He still accompanies us in our journey! Praise Him for all good things! A blessed Christmas to you and your family! Patsy from

Ruth said...

I enjoyed the devotional! Thanks for sharing. To know he did it all for me/us is overwhelming. Our joy is full!

Lady Linda said...

Dear Sandi...just wanted to wish you a Very Happy New Year! So enjoy your blog and your kindness.
Lady Linda

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