Matthew 1:17

So all the generations from Abraham to David were 14 generations; and from David until the exile to Babylon 14 generations; and from the exile to Babylon until the Messiah, 14 generations.

Insight The first half of chapter 1 of Matthew gives us a historical record Jesus ancestry. Often this list has felt like a long prelude I must get through before I can read the real story, but today I was considering all the hundreds of year that these 17 verses represent, all of these people listed were real people who lived real lives, they celebrated and grieved and ate breakfast and slept and nursed their babies and worked and sneezed and had preferences and worries and experienced all manner of human emotion and behavior. Did they know that one day they would be listed in this genealogy? Did they know that in their act of living life they were participating in God's beautiful story of redemption? Today, as I live my own ordinary day, I want to remember that God’s redemptive story is still being told through people, and that I do not need to see the big picture to participate in it.

Prayer Christ, when I am tempted to disdain the the ordinary task in front of me, help me to see how you are present in each moment of each day. Thank you for allowing me to participate in your story. Give me strength to be faithful to the work in front of me, give me courage to stay present to what is now. Amen.

Shannon J