Christmas: Day 14-The Wiseman with the Red Coat

Christmas: Day 14-The Wiseman with the Red Coat

Day 14. December 14, 2019

Nativity Companion: The Wiseman with the Red Coat

Opening Prayer:

God, might we seek to find ourselves in your story, telling people then of what we have seen and heard. Remind us of where you are so that we might find you.  AMEN.

Scripture:

Luke 1:54-56 (NRSV).

54 God has helped God’s servant Israel,
in remembrance of God’s mercy,
55 according to the promise God made to our ancestors,
to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”

56 And Mary remained with her about three months and then returned to her home.

Reflection (from Elgin Manhard).

As I reread the birth passages about Jesus in Matthew and Luke, I found myself comparing the stories of the wise men and those of shepherds, reflecting on how it affects my walk with God.

In my world there is no question that people put a premium on knowledge.  Brain surgeons, scientists, techies, and Einsteins are all given, at least initially, greater esteem than others. Shepherds are just people.

The wise men go to King Herod to find the Messiah; the shepherds to a stable.  The wise men ask a king; the shepherds hear from angels.  The wise men give expensive gifts; the shepherds go tell others.

The comparison makes me want to be a shepherd.  I want to look for Jesus in low places.  I want to hear about Jesus from angels, not kings.  I want to turn my focus from giving material gifts to telling others what I have seen and heard.

Maybe next year, I’ll get to be a shepherd, but this year I’m just a wise man.

Questions for Consideration.

  • From which location do you seek God? What does the good news mean and look like from the location of a wiseman? From the location of a shepherd? How might you find your way home to the Christ-child this Advent?
  • Pause, take a breath. Remember you a beloved of God. Give thanks for this gift.
  • How does what you have seen an heard invite you to live differently?

Closing Prayer. 

God, we seek you. We come with all that we have and all that we are. Might we find our way home to your love. AMEN.

 

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