Genesis 28:10-22

Tis the season to be going! Banquets and reunions, concerts and plays, caroling and parties. The calendar squares nearly bulge with dates and times, people and places and we read of a man headed home who slept on a stone on the way and had the best sleep of his life.

Because Jacob saw the ladder, and Jesus, that Christmas Child coming to us, He alone is our ladder and we have no way to heaven but by the rungs of Christ.

And God, He whispers to us this best gift of all: “I am with you and will protect you everywhere you go…. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”

God is with us in this season of coming and going and God is with us in these places,though we knew it not, at our tables and in our cars and down our street and in the unlikeliest, unexpected places, even in a place like the manger of a barn and we meet God today in a thousand places. Who knows it?

In this season of coming and going, perhaps we really do just go to one place again and again: the house of God.

Lord God, there is a ladder even to this place here. You, in the person of Jesus, descend it.You are with us wherever we go. You are in this place—all places. And You make every place a house of God.


Ann Voskamp’s Jesse Tree Journey

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