Shepherds were surprised by an angelic host who sent them to find a newborn child in a manger. Simeon’s and Anna’s longings of a lifetime were fulfilled when they saw the infant Jesus, God’s Anointed One. The Magi followed a star for great distances, certain that at the end of their quest lay One who deserved their treasure. Yet others living in Bethlehem failed to perceive God’s presence in their midst. What longings drive your pursuits? Do they ultimately lead you to Jesus as your hope and the fulfillment of all your longings?
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life. –Proverbs 13:12
Prayer: Lord Jesus, let my longings lead me to You, the promised One. Create within me a longing for You above all else. Transform my relationships with family, friends, and those I meet, so that they long for You, also. Let my life and leadership reflect Yours, I pray in Your name, amen.
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