17. Sometime later, there were some wise men who saw a new star in the sky.
Sometimes in faith we need to have simple wisdom like the wise men of the Jesus story. We read that they saw, pure and simple, they saw! Such wisdom that they had though was dependent on them looking. Jesus you will remember accused the scribes and Pharisees of looking and not seeing; of knowing the law but not the wit to see God’; of the demand of ‘mercy and not sacrifice’. So we return to the ‘ask, seek and knock’ that Jesus promoted. So today look carefully at the world then in your prayers ‘ask, seek and knock.’
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12. Mary and Joseph found somewhere with the animals where they could stay.
Jesus said: “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.”
Somewhere to stay for Mary and Joseph was not a five star hotel, not even a second rate B and B; but somewhere outside regulation perfection; ‘beggars can’t be choosers’ is the old adage. If this part of the Christmas story is allegory for you and your position before God, let me encourage you. No matter how small and insignificant, however unclean or unworthy; God will dwell in you. The Jesus who spoke of us ‘asking’, ‘seeking’ and ‘knocking’ gave and still gives himself as the example for us to follow.
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Tuesday 22 March
In our lent resource,’Marvellous’, the simple story of Neil Baldwin’s life, he is told off by a friend. ” You can’t just go through life asking people for things!” Neil’s reply was that he does and his story lives out that faith in others.
I am tempted to write a tome on trust and particularly our faith through our prayers.
Seek and you will find…etc.
Neil Baldwin lives his prayers.