Christmas: Day 20-The Wiseman with the Rainbow Coat

Christmas: Day 20-The Wiseman with the Rainbow Coat

Day 20. December 20, 2019

Nativity Companion: The Wiseman with the Rainbow Coat

Opening Prayer:

God, might you meet us in the darkest of nights that we might open our hearts to trust you and love without condition. AMEN.

Scripture:

Luke 2:1-7 (NRSV).

1In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

Reflection from Sam Dustrud

As I walk towards you, Lord, it is dark during this season.  Oftentimes it feels like there is darkness all around me, even during the daytime hours.  In the darkness I feel very small in this universe you created. I am tempted to feel insignificant and alone; yet, I don’t give in to the temptation.

My nativity companion and ‘new best friend’, the Wise Man in his rainbow coat, gently reminds me that I, too, am on a journey and have been created with a purpose.  While my companion journeyed to see you in the manger, my journey is to meet you, God, today and every day in the people and places you have created.

Like my companion, instill in me faith in your calling. Keep me awake to your hope. Deepen my trust in your signs. Fill me with your wisdom to guide my actions. Create in me a heart of hospitality. Teach me to love unconditionally. Cloaked in the rainbow of your abundant love and eternal promise, I walk with intention and hopeful trust towards your everlasting bright light.

Questions for Consideration.

  • Where in your life do you feel alone or like winter’s darkness keeps you from knowing God’s presence with you?
  • How might this lonely place be an invitation to open wide your heart to make space for others and hold a candle even in the darkest of nights?

Closing Prayer. 

God, we know that even the night is not night to you and it is only with the shadow that the light becomes more radiant, so grant us courage to trust you and to keep on through the longest of nights. Open wide our hearts to love and trust you that we might also open wide our hearts to others and make room. AMEN.