Journey into Freedom Day 23

The Flight into Egypt

Preparation: Begin by stilling; then dedicating the time of prayer to God and asking God that all you think, feel and imagine are for the glory of God.

Gift: I ask that I may know Jesus more intimately, love him more dearly and follow him more closely.

Setting: Consider the Bible passage below, you can imagine you are Mary, Joseph or someone else who might have been involved in the holy family leaving for Egypt. How does it look from their point of view?

Matthew 2:13-15 HCSB

After the wise men were gone, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Get up! Take the child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you. For Herod is about to search for the child to destroy Him.” So he got up, took the child and His mother during the night, and escaped to Egypt. He stayed there until Herod’s death, so that what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet might be fulfilled: Out of Egypt I called My Son.

The Flight into Egypt

Conversation: Talk to Jesus, or Mary or Joseph in your own words about whatever has come up for you in the prayer or how it has made you feel.

Final prayer: Finish with a formal prayer such as the Lord’s Prayer/Our Father.

A Thought for Today:

The dreams which reveal the supernatural are promises and messages that God sends us directly: they are nothing but His angels, His ministering spirits, who usually appear to us when we are in a great predicament. The interpretation of dreams is a great art. - Paracelsus

Praying with Pictures

When you look at a picture you are not just being asked whether or not you like it, but what does it say to you.

For example, you look at the Flight into Egypt by Jacopo Bassano which is above; you may think, that’s not how I imagine Mary, Joseph and the child Jesus going through Gaza to Egypt. But what does the picture say to you?

You may notice the determined step of Joseph fired by an urgency to get away from danger. His eyes are cast down as he walks barefoot looking just one step ahead. The angel seems to be pointing the way even more urgently. If you are concentrating on Mary and Jesus you may see how she holds him for all the world to see. Probably not really too sensible when riding on a donkey, but paintings are symbolic rather than practical.

Then the three men, why are they there? Do they represent something?

One seems to only have interest in drinking his wine, another seems to be looking at him, perhaps disapprovingly. The third man has a basket of escaping chickens— why? One man has potential food, the other drink, the third music, perhaps they are distractions upon the way that Joseph is determined to ignore.

Perhaps you can see yourself as one of the characters. 

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