The Life of Mary (14): What Makes Life Bearable

Unspeakable things happen–sometimes to us, sometimes to others we care about. Even if nothing can change, being with those I love brings comfort.

Flight to Egypt by Jill K H Geoffrion
Joseph, Mary and Jesus flee to Egypt next to an image of the massacre of the innocent children

My Prayer:

For those with whom I am able to go through thick and thin, I give thanks.

Flight to Egypt by Jill K H Geoffrion

Scriptural Touchstones: 

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. Matthew 2: 13-15 (NRSV)

Invitation To Pray:

Notice who is with you physically or in another important way. Now, as you think of the pain of this world, including the pain in your life, what prayers are emerging in your body, mind, heart, and imagination? Pray them now.

Flight to Egypt by Jill K H GeoffrionPhotos:

The flight of Joseph, Mary, and Jesus to Egypt in the Life of the Virgin Window (1217-1220) in the south choir ambulatory at the Chartres Cathedral in France. This scene is on the right side of the eighth row from the bottom/second row from the top.

Life of Mary Window by Jill K H Geoffrion

Other Posts in This Series:
Life of Mary (1): Mary’s Birth
Life of Mary (2) Mary’s First Bath
Life of Mary (3): Willing
Life of Mary (4): The Word
Life of Mary (5): Surprise!
Life of Mary (6): Wedding
Life of Mary (7): Yes
Life of Mary (8): Friendship
The Nativity: Animal Companions
Life of Mary (9): Announcement to the Shepherds
Life of Mary (10): The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple
Life of Mary (11): Fear
Life of Mary (12): Caught in the Middle
Life of Mary (13): Looking Carefully

Jill K H Geoffrion

Serving as a contemplative Christian minister and artist by compassionately and creatively inspiring others to seek a deeper relationship with God and a more meaningful life of service.


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