” . . . see this thing . . . ”

“When the angels went away from them back into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us.'”  (Luke 2:15)

We made the 900-mile trip to Maine last week for the privilege of attending our daughter’s nursing school graduation and pinning.  Patti, a nurse of 38 years, got to pin our daughter during the ceremony.  What a celebration!  While we were there I told my daughter that I needed my, “ocean fix.”  Having lived on an island north of Boston for five years, I have developed a love for the ocean and just need to glimpse God’s grandeur in the water from time to time.  To get my “fix” we drove to Portland Head Lighthouse.  I’ve seen the lighthouse many times (and shared a photo of it in a former Wednesday Wonderings), but this was the first time I’d seen the Christmas wreath high upon the tower.  It was a simple thing someone had added, but it seemed to transform the whole picture.  (By the way, the temperature for this photo was 1 degree with a wind chill of – 17.

During the Christmas season we’re good about doing little things that seem to transform people’s lives.  I’ve watched for a long time as folks actually look for ways to give and help during the holidays.  Imagine that, we actually seek out ways to give.  There’s something about the mystery of the Christ’s child’s coming that causes us to pause long enough to get in touch with that divine spark within us – that divine spark that reminds us we are created by God to live in relationship and to love one another like Jesus loves us.  How does Jesus love us, you ask?  Jesus loves us unconditionally, and Jesus loves us intentionally.  By “intentionally” I mean Jesus seeks us out.  Jesus doesn’t wait for us to stumble into his path.  Jesus seeks us out to love us.

When God did this simple, yet powerful thing by sending the Christ child, it obviously transformed individual lives and changed the world like no other birth.  When the shepherds heard the good news of Christ’s birth, they set out to seek him.  We are called to do no less.  We are called to seek Jesus, and to seek those Jesus would have us love like he loves us.  We are called to love intentionally.  I pray that God will keep me looking and loving.  How about you?

Merry Christmas!

Blessings and Peace,


Pastor, Cross Lanes United Methodist Church

Cross Lanes, West Virginia

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~ by revgenelson on December 21, 2016.

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