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A Refugee Reflection

December 14, 2018

I heard this new song today, Away From The Manger: The Refugee King, and it is both a moving and powerful reprise of a familiar Christmas hymn (the lyrics are available at the link). Listening to it led me to open up the gospel of Matthew and reflect on the story from which it is based. I invite you to do the same, by reading the scripture text below and then watching the video.

Consider the story of Jesus’ incarnation, the experience of his family and the dangerous path they navigated, and also how this story relates to the harsh realities that refugees face today.

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.” (Matthew 2:13-15 NRSV)

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