Finding Christ in Christmas: Where I’ve seen Jesus this Season…
How we hunger and thirst. Literally, so many are dying of hunger and thirst in this world. And so many are satisfied physically, yet are hungering and thirsting for something, something … they know not what or Whom. He is right here with us, in reach, in sight.
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. John 6:35-36
Jesus is all around us, near us, beside us. One just must look up and know that He is here with us. For me, I know that my Redeemer lives and walks with me, lives in me. He shows me Himself in so many ways. This Christmas season, I am looking for Him in the world around me. My physical eyes and the eyes of my heart focus to see Him.
In the Word…He is on every page:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:1-5
In the night skies, the moon and stars:
And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.” And it was so. And God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. Genesis 1:14-16
And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. Matthew 2:9b
In the love and encouragement from my husband, my sister:
May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God. Romans 15:5-6
In the faces of the elderly at the nursing home when they can no longer speak understandably or at all, when they cannot hear so well, when dementia or Alzheimers or a stroke has taken pieces of their mind, a touch or a hug, an “hello”, an “I love you” means the world to them, making their precious faces light up:
Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ Matthew 25:34-40
In the hands and hearts of the nursing home staff, especially Consuelo, Art, Flo, Yvonne, Junko, Letty, Marta:
But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. Luke 10:33-34
In the delight of children, especially Estephania as she cares and loves my mother, other residents, in the nursing home while she waits for her own mother to finish her shift as nurse’s aide:
…but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 19:14
LORD, I pray that as I walk through this world, that I would see You all around me, that I would have my eyes open for “the least”, my heart ready to receive You however You come to me. LORD, I pray I not miss an opportunity to serve You in this world. When I do, I am sorry. I ask Your forgiveness and know that it has been given. You are forever and always. I am today, but will live with You in Eternity. Thank You for Your gift to me through Your very Blood. I am Yours. May my eyes be aware and my heart ready. I will seek You and find You when I seek You with all of my heart. Amen.
Immanuel ~ God with us.