The question for you and me in our dark season of advent is, do we see our life as primarily testing the love of God or as revealing the love of God? Your answer here determines how you will live.
You don’t need a star or an angel (or whatever it was) to guide you today. You have something, someone, much better. You have the indwelling life of Christ guiding your heart.
So hear the invitation of God today to go and find the Christ child. The Prince of Peace. The one who takes all our sins and all our sorrows and turns them into everything good. The one that will take us to be with him forever. Run to him. Embrace him and embrace your alien God.
When we know why we exist, we then know how to exist. When we know what happens when we die, we then know how to live. When we know that God is with us, we then know how to be with others.
The virgin Mary didn’t make Jesus’ life. Jesus was a gift to her. His life was given by God and placed into her life. United to hers. By grace. The same grace that is for us all. Why? Because advents are for everyone. God is for everyone. Jesus is for everyone. Will you be for him?
Our longings, our desires, our waiting, our prayers are all meant to take our hearts deeper into the realities of the coming of Christ.