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This child of light whose birthday we just celebrated, who Isaiah dreamed was coming, who the Wise Men traveled so far to see, took on the darkness so we could see the light.

If we look carefully we can make out the flicker of God’s hope even when everything seems to be falling apart.

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Listen

When they heard the king, they went; and look, the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stood over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were filled with joy. They entered the house and saw the child with Mary his mother. Falling to their knees, they honored him. Then they opened their treasure chests and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Because they were warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they went back to their own country by another route.

Matthew 2:9-12

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Think

In most of the Gospel stories, Jesus goes looking for people. In Matthew’s story of the wise men, they come looking for Jesus. The wise men follow even though it seems foolish. They want to see Jesus more than they want to keep their treasures, more than they want to play it safe, and more than they fear the difficulties of the journey.

Is the one who follows a star foolish, or are the many who remain in the darkness? Are we courageous enough to seek God? Are we willing to relinquish our sense of control and go where Jesus leads? Can we rise to a new sense of adventure, forsake our cozy boundaries, and seek Christ?

We do not just believe in Jesus. We follow Jesus. Christ takes us places that we would not have gone without his leading. We have a desert to travel, a star to discover, and a life to be found.

Brett Younger

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Pray

God, when I am sad, be my joy. When I am gloomy, be my hope. When I am afraid, be my courage. Amen.

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Go

Once you were in darkness, but now by the grace of God you have seen the light and become light.

Live today as a child of God’s light.

Brett Younger

Brett Younger teaches preaching and worship at the McAfee School of Theology in Atlanta. He was a pastor in Texas, Kansas, and Indiana. He and his wife Carol have two sons, Graham and Caleb.

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