(12.29.21– Looking Forward! –Matthew 2: 1-12)

My friend, may I ask you a question? Is mercy our hallmark in the weeks and months to come? Like the Wise Men of Old, do we seek Him; as our mission, a mission that will find us ever busy throughout the year to come?

My friend, Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day.

I'm M. Clifford Brunner.

As I was driving on the freeway recently I happened to notice a dilapidated old van in my side view mirror. One headlight was missing and the grill was slid out of place, nearly dragging on the road. I slowed down to allow it to chug its way past me. As it pulled up along side, I could see pudgy faces pushed against the glass returning my stares. Along side the van, barely visible amidst the rust sores and fading paint, I saw that the van was anything but a soccer mom's taxi. This van belonged to a local children's home and it was obvious that it's precious cargo were several of its young residents. As it pulled past me I was able to read a bumper sticker partially peeled from the rusting bumper; the message in black on red, "Wise men still seek him!"

As the van slowly edged its way down the highway and out of my sight, I was struck by a sudden sense of irony of that particular message slapped on that particular vehicle. "Wise men might repair their vans" I found myself muttering. They also might, in their wisdom, look to replace them altogether when they reach that state of decay. Slowly, however, the irony began to fade into a poignant sense of appropriateness; that van was "seeking him" in a very real sense.