Day 10. December 10, 2019
Nativity Companion: The Wiseman with the Green Coat
God, we earnestly seek you this Advent season. We long for you. Show us the way and open our hearts that we might find you in all things. AMEN.
Scripture: Luke 1:34-38 (NRSV).
34 Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” 35 The angel said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God. 36 And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. 37 For nothing will be impossible with God.” 38 Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.
Reflection (from Cliff Johnson).
The wise men’s journey from the east reminds me of a week-long BWCA canoe trip I took many years ago. Our only “star” was a map that supposedly showed portages between lakes. We worked as a team, searching for portages, and buoyed each other up when our enthusiasm waned and our bodies were spent.
The wise men must have had doubts and second thoughts as they traveled. “Where is it that we are we going again?” one may have complained as they set out each morning (or maybe they slept by day and traveled by night, since their “map” was a star). “We’re headed wherever that bright star leads us,” his companion reminded him. “Come on….you can do it! It’ll be worth it! The king of the Jews is born wherever that star is parked, and we’re going to worship Him!”
The wise men were persistent. Perhaps they were familiar with Jeremiah 29:13: “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Perhaps Jeremiah’s words provided the motivation to follow the star all the way to Jerusalem, then on to Bethlehem, where they did in fact find God, incarnate as Jesus in the manger.
There’s a message here for me — for all of us — during this Advent season. Our “star” is God’s promises in the Bible, and our assignment is to follow that star and grab hold of those promises. We will find God when we seek God with all our heart.
Questions for Consideration.
God, we seek you. Open our hearts that we might find you. Open our lives, that we might follow you. Open us fully, that we might be your people. In all things might we know and trust you and your promises. We seek you with all of our hearts, oh God. AMEN.