Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod. About that time some wise men from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose,[b] and we have come to worship him.” – Matthew 2:1-2
So here’s a game I sometimes play when visitors come to our house. I haven’t properly set up the parameters yet this year because I have yet to do a definitive “search and document” inventory of my own. Essentially my question is “Where do you see Jesus?” or, “How many Nativities are on display?”
I have photographed a sample selection for today’s post, but the number – and the placement – is likely to vary over the coming weeks because, well, Rebekah.
One time at the staff party I posed the question and had a prize for the closest estimation. Answers varied from twelve to thirty and nobody saw them all. This year I’m looking forward to testing the patience and observation skills of our grandchildren when they arrive a few days before Christmas.
But I don’t think a prize is really necessary for “finding Jesus” because the reward is – after all – in the finding. And the reward is in the searching too.
So my challenge this morning in this short post is to be among the magi today. The cliché is that “the wise still seek him” but the aphorism is a good one, none the less for wear.
Where have you seen Jesus, already, today? Where will you be consciously looking for Jesus? Where do you suspect Jesus may be but are maybe afraid to venture? Is Jesus actually with you, moment by moment?
And, the big one, the most important question I have this morning, “When people meet you, will they also meet Jesus?” Will you be part of someone else’s God-sighting today?
This is the first week of Advent. The traditional word is “Peace.” “My word to all of us is LIGHT.”
Seek the light; point to the light; be the light. – DEREK
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Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.