“When [the wise men] had gone, an angel of the LORD appeared to Joseph in a dream. ‘Get up,’ he said, ‘take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him. So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt.” (Matthew 2:13, 14)
Mary and Joseph were Jewish, used to Jewish ways. Comfortable, small-town- Jewish ways. They were almost getting used to conversations with angels, but Egypt would mean the challenge of learning new, strange ways and a different language.
When life is at risk, caregivers – parents and others – face the often-difficult challenges of change. They may not hear guidance from angels, but they learn to listen to trusted guides, to loved ones, to the inner voice of our caregiver LORD. We learn toadapt to new life-patterns, to changing ways and the “foreign” language of medicine. We change because life and safety are at risk. We change because we love and draw from the bottomless well of our LORD and life-supporter. Draw deeply…and be safe in the sometimes strange land of caregiving.
Prayer – LORD, give me the strength to learn to face change with grace. Amen