Our Wandering Wise Men Day 41

January 6

“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 God” is the name of this child.  The child in the manger is none other than God himself.  Nothing greater can be said:  God became a child.  In the Jesus child of Mary lives the almighty God.  Wait a minute!  Don’t speak; stop thinking! Stand still before this statement!  God became a child!  Here he is, poor like us, miserable and helpless like us, a person of flesh and blood like us, our brother.  And yet he is God; he is might.  Where is the divinity, where is the might of the child?  In the divine love in which he became like us.  His poverty in the manger is his might.  In the might of love he overcomes the chasm between God and humankind, he overcomes sin and death, he forgives sin and awakens from the dead.  Kneel down before this miserable manger, before this child of poor people, and repeat in faith the stammering words of the prophet:  “Mighty God!”  And he will be your God and your might.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Today’s micro-challenge:  What journey is God calling upon you to take this year?

  • Our Wandering Wise Men Day 1

    The star shone brightly against the dark night sky, and drew the attention of Gaspar, Balthasar, and Melchior – three wise men from the east. "The season of Advent means there is something on the horizon the likes of which we have never seen before.  It is not possible to

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  • Our Wandering Wise Men Day 2

    The men couldn’t contain their excitement, as this star was the sign they had been waiting for.  They must go and worship the king of the Jews!  Balthasar was well-prepared to celebrate this joyous occasion, and generously shared his party supplies with the others. "Joys are always on their way

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  • Our Wandering Wise Men Day 3

    Fresh from the bustle of the Black Friday sales, our wise men gathered their gifts to take to the infant king.  Balthasar’s approach was more practical, with his purchase of diapers, while Melchior chose something fun for the baby.  Gaspar began to wonder if his gift of frankincense was the

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  • Our Wandering Wise Men Day 4

    Knowing that the journey would be long, the wise men invited three camels to travel with them.  Hezekiah, the leader of the pack, was honored to accompany the men on such important business, and offered to provide sustenance for the trip. “The magi challenge us to be serious about our

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  • Our Wandering Wise Men Day 5

    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

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  • Our Wandering Wise Men – Day 6

    The wise men were delighted to happen upon a great feast, especially one such as this.  This was a feast given in celebration of fellow travelers from all over the globe, who just completed a semester of English as a Second Language classes.  Surely this welcoming embrace of people from

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  • Our Wandering Wise Men Day 7

    Was this curious celestial being friend or foe?  Out of an abundance of caution, the men took cover until they could ascertain the true nature of this vision in blue.  Good fortune was with them when it was discovered to be a friendly Haitian angel – an ambassador for Helping

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  • Our Wandering Wise Men Day 8

    Gaspar thought these strangely shaped containers might be hourglass drums.  Balthasar, however, noticed the wafer-like item on one end and the red liquid in the other, and had a feeling that wasn’t their primary purpose. “You meet us in our hungering with manna not of our making, and in our

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  • Our Wandering Wise Men Day 9

    Forward progress on the journey was slowed, as the trio’s passage was blocked by a large assortment of brightly colored bags arranged around an “angel tree.” “This is the beautiful thing about the Angel Tree many churches have in their narthex.  As the ornaments disappear, so does a need.  The

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  • Our Wandering Wise Men Day 10

    This was a “UFO” unlike anything the wise men had ever seen before. Close inspection of the bag by Melchior yielded little information as to how it achieved flight. “The world likes things to be large, big, impressive, and elaborate. God chooses the small things which are overlooked in the

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  • Our Wandering Wise Men Day 11

    After many days of travel, the three wise men began to be plagued by doubts about their pilgrimage.  Fortunately, they were able to pay a visit to one of the most learned men in the land, who opened up the scriptures for them and reassured them that their journey was

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  • Our Wandering Wise Men Day 12

    Enchanted by the music they heard coming from this direction, the wise men were determined to seek out its source, no matter the difficult terrain they had to cross. “Beautiful music is the art of the prophets that can calm the agitations of the soul; it is one of the

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  • Our Wandering Wise Men Day 13

    Encouragement for our travelers as they endured the long and weary road came from a new and unexpected friend they made along the way.  A leader of the youngsters who are native to this land, he suggested time off for a game of air hockey was in order.  With Hezekiah

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  • Our Wandering Wise Men Day 14

    Our Wandering Wise Men Day 14 Melchior’s friends knew his heart was set on hearing the ringing of the bell, and joined in the effort to raise the mighty instrument. “Into this climate of fear and apprehension, Christmas enters, streaming lights of joy, ringing bells of hope and singing carols

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  • Our Wandering Wise Men Day 15

    Gaspar used the flame from the candles to light a torch.  He didn’t want to admit it to the others, but he found the darkness that came far too quickly in the evening around here a little intimidating, and having this torch light their way would be of great comfort

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