A star burned one night, leading wise men from the East. It led those people who were accustomed to seeking. People accustomed to the night sky. People accustomed to wondering. People accustomed to looking upward toward the heavens. God sent a message about a Person of Hope. Someone is Here. Can you imagine the wonder of that star, that light, what sort of breathtaking, mysterious spectacle it was?
In the midst of the horrific, in the midst of whatever ugly the world heaps, that is not the End of the Story. That is the Beginning. He creates a Beginning, out of Sin. Our Ends are Beginnings.
The Ugly is only one side of the coin, because Beauty is on the Other Side.
For the Chasm, there is a Person.
For the Sin, there is a Grace-Giver, a Redeemer, a Savior.
He has come. He is Here. God is With Us, he is “Emmanuel”. While chaos erupts around us, we are in a Safe Place. A place of Rest. A haven of Peace. He came to bring us that Rest and that Peace. He came to Love, not Divide.
The Message of who he is — that is what the world is longing to hear. What the world would not give for peace, for hope, for war to cease, for reconciliation– among nations, among racial and ethnic groups, and among our own households!
In this season of Advent, I need to pause and ask: Am I seeking Him, fully, wholly, completely, steadily, daily?
He is the Beginning
He is the Other Side
He is Hope
He is the Safe Place
He is Rest
He is Peace
He is Come.
He is The Hope, the Only Hope, for a broken world.
Are you seeking Him?