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Topic: Walk (07/20/06)
TITLE: My Feet are Tired
By Paul Cherry
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I never thought I would miss sleeping in a stable of all places! Those men who came were so uplifting and perplexing. They walked all that way, from the Far East, just to honor my child. Then they warn us of Herod’s plan to find and kill him? Said they saw it in a dream.
It shouldn’t surprise me that they heard God in a dream. I remember some months ago a dream I had. I was to be married to this woman, the one who walks with me today. Then I discovered that she was pregnant. Pregnant! We weren’t even married yet, and there was no possible way that it was my child. I remember I had resolved to walk out on her quietly, so as not to shame her and her family, but then God spoke to me through an angel in a dream.
The angel told me that Mary had been made pregnant by the Holy Spirit, and that she would give birth to a son. Then the angel said that I was to name this son Jesus. I was to name this child, but it was God’s child. I walked up and down the road that night, thinking about the incredible gift and responsibility of raising God’s son as my own flesh and blood. Mary and I walked together down that aisle not long after, so that all things would be proper.
Not long after, we heard that Caesar Augustus had called for a census of the entire Roman world. We were instructed to go to our hometowns in order to register. Mary and I walked together all the way to Bethlehem the town of David, because I was of the blood line of David. We walked far and were quite tired, but when we came to the inn there was no room. So we walked over to the stable nearby, and it was in that stable that my son, Jesus, was born. After Jesus was born, many people walked to him. Shepherds came to the stable and wise men walked from so far away sometime afterwards, saying they were following a star.
Now, my wife, my child, and I must walk again. Our journey is not over and something tells it won’t be any time soon. God has a way of calling people to walk. First, he called Abraham to walk to an unknown land so that he could be the father of many nations. Next, he called Moses to walk the Israelites out of Egypt. Now, he calls me to walk my family out of Israel to hide in Egypt. Imagine if we never walked when God called…
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