The Journey of the Magi – January 4

Advent Guide Cover - 2017

If Shel Silverstein or Dr. Seuss meet your idea for quality poetry, then today’s entry might stretch you a bit. If, however, a creative and reflective piece portraying the thoughts of one of the wise men years after his journey to meet Jesus piques your interest, then T.S. Eliot’s contribution may be just the thing for you today. Here’s a hint, the most impactful insights come at the very end of the poem.

READ

  • Matthew 2:1-12
  • Watch for the Light, 297-299

REFLECT

  1. In many ways, it’s difficult for us to imagine exactly how strenuous the magi’s journey may have been or how much they had to endure to finally meet the infant King. What are some burdens or hardships you have endured in your journey of faith, trusting that a day is coming when you also will see Jesus face to face?
  2. At the end of the poem, the wise man recalls that after seeing Jesus and returning home, his old kingdoms and the gods that other people clung to had lost their luster in his eyes. Think over the time that has passed since you came to faith in Jesus and the difference that He has made in your heart. What are some ideas or things that you once treasured that have lost their appeal to you now?

RESPOND

As you recall the things that no longer have a grip on your heart and how much Jesus has changed your affections, thank him for the work that He has done within you. Spend time today praying that Jesus would continue to teach you to love the things that He loves, and that the treasures of this world would continue to lose your interest.

“Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in his wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of his glory and grace.”

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