Now after they had left, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, ‘Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.’ Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother by night, and went to Egypt, and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet, ‘Out of Egypt I have called my son.’
Seeking Safety by David
As I read these verses, I think of the many children, adults, and families who are working to flee from their own dangers, whether it is from wars, violence, or personal abuse. They are all, regardless of the circumstances, fleeing in the hopes of finding refuge and safety. We see families being separated as they search from safe harbors from unthinkable atrocities. I see young children being sent alone by their parents to find a more welcoming place, so their own life can be spared. These families and individuals, through their own faith, must trust that the will find angels to guide them on these journeys.
As we enter this season of advent, and we celebrate the birth of Jesus, it is my prayer that all of those seeking a safe place will find it. I pray they may find peace in that place. Amen.