January 3, 2020
Scripture: Matthew 2:11
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.
Thought for the Day: And Mary looked up and saw these foreigners with a different religion and she said, “Get out of my house you heathens!” Christians have too often rejected those in search of the Holy who did not fit the category of religious correctness or the proper skin color. Sadly, Christianity is currently in a crisis – in part – because we have made it clear to many that they do not meet our standards. Incredible human beings longing to be in community are made to feel unwelcome. As followers of God’s expression of love, we should never be threatened by someone whose history, language or look doesn’t match what is found in the existing community. Maybe these “different” individuals are God’s gift coming to lead the community into the future God sees coming. It is good that Mary was pleased to see the Magi and welcomed them into her home.
Prayer: Make me your witness of grace, O Lord, especially to those who might be your gift for the future of the kingdom witness. Amen.
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Rev. Bruce Frogge