Our Wandering Wise Men Day 5

December 1

As each of the wise men had a different opinion on the way to get to their destination, they needed a little help getting started on their journey.

"Christmas can only be found.  Christmas cannot be bought.  Christmas cannot be created.  Christmas cannot be made by hand, lit up, set out, dreamed up.  Christmas can only be found.  In the creche.  In the cradling trough."   Ann Voskamp

Today's micro-challenge:  If you have a nativity set, put it in a place of prominence in your home, some place where you will see it often, as a reminder of the true meaning of Christmas.  If you don’t have a nativity set, consider other ways you can create a visible reminder of Jesus' birth.

 

  • Our Wandering Wise Men Day 41

    “When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy.  On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage.  Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.”  Matthew 2:10-11 “Mighty

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  • Our Wandering Wise Men Day 40

    As they got closer to their final destination, Balthasar, Gaspar, and Melchior readied their gifts, which they had carried all this way to present to the newborn king. “In this and every season may we see them, the wise ones who come bearing your gifts to us.  They cloak themselves

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  • Our Wandering Wise Men Day 39

    Despite confusion over the name of this platform (it is called a “pull-pit” but the men could find nothing to pull and did not see a pit of any kind), the wise men enjoyed the view from it immensely. And having heard some stirring messages from this pull-pit, they wanted

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  • Our Wandering Wise Men Day 38

    Knowing they would soon be seeing the newborn king, our travelers crowded around this copy of the ancient scriptures, in order to read once again all that has been foretold about him. “He was created of a mother whom He created.  He was carried by hands that He formed.  He

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  • Our Wandering Wise Men Day 37

    Our travelers noticed the star they had been following all this time was beginning to settle high in the sky.   They sensed their journey may soon be coming to a close. “We stand on the threshold of a new season…. As we cross into the season beyond Epiphany, we are

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  • Our Wandering Wise Men Day 36

    Happy New Year! All Things New Yearning for a new way will not produce it. Only ending the old way can do that. You cannot hold onto the old, all the while declaring that you want something new. The old will defy the new; The old will deny the new;

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  • Our Wandering Wise Men Day 35

    The bareness of the trees around them gave Gaspar an idea. He took an arboreal route, in the hopes that the elevated view would allow him to see their ultimate destination. “The festival of Christmas offers a winter thaw, an opportunity to ponder new birth when the landscape around us,

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  • Our Wandering Wise Men Day 34

    Food was gathered and packaged for the marginalized and vulnerable that live here – the immigrant, the refugee, the poor.  The wise men were humbled and encouraged by their efforts, knowing that the peace on earth all men hope for could not be achieved in the presence of hunger. “It

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  • Our Wandering Wise Men Day 33

    The gaze of our travelers was captivated by the highly unusual performance for the infants in this foreign land:  colorful creatures dancing in circles over the little ones’ heads.   Was this some kind of ritual blessing native to this foreign land? “(Christmas is) the great inversion: God coming to Earth

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  • Our Wandering Wise Men Day 32

    Believing they had taken a wrong turn somewhere, the wise men consulted Google Maps. “I think…we come into the world with a scrap, a shred of some cosmic map in our grasp.  It’s lined onto the palms of our hands that emerged with us, fisted, from our mother’s ocean.  There

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