“Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews?’” (Matthew 2:1-2a NKJV)
all around us are asking that question.
Day in and day out, whether they or we realize it, people express in
countless ways the yearning to know and be known by God. We have the privilege of helping them to come
to know that God is real, that evil will not have the last word, that even a
world where innocents are killed can be transformed if we will allow ourselves
to be transformed.
wonder of God's coming is this: God
doesn't want to be our business partner, to relate to us as a favored relative,
to live near us or even with us. God
wants to live in us and through us. As Matthew 5:14 tells us, we are the light
of the world. We are meant to be God's
embodied love. When we obey the claims of Christ, we are God's continuing
incarnation. Embracing one person at a time, we help those we meet to believe
that they matter and that they are embraced by God.
Mary Lou Redding in WHILE WE WAIT: Living the Questions of Advent
(Nashville, Tenn.: Upper Room Books, 2002)