Dec. 1, 2021
And forthwith, when they were come out of the synagogue, they entered into the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John.
30But Simon’s wife’s mother lay sick of a fever, and anon they tell him of her.
31And he came and took her by the hand, and lifted her up; and immediately the fever left her, and she ministered unto them.
32And at even, when the sun did set, they brought unto him all that were diseased, and them that were possessed with devils.
33And all the city was gathered together at the door.
34And he healed many that were sick of divers diseases, and cast out many devils; and suffered not the devils to speak, because they knew him.
35And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.
36And Simon and they that were with him followed after him.
37And when they had found him, they said unto him, All men seek for thee.
38And he said unto them, Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also: for therefore came I forth.
39And he preached in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and cast out devils.
Verse 37 – to me, this is a verse that applies to Advent. “… all men seek for thee.” Like three Wise men who came from afar. They had followed a star in the heavens that foretold the birth of the King of Jews – you know the beloved story; gold, frankincense, myrrh. Not birthday gifts and not the first Christmas gifts but gifts for a King.
The Wise men could not have known, of course, that those gifts would be shadows of the Baby’s life – gold to support the trip to Egypt which saved the Baby from the slaughter of the innocents. Frankincense – the sweet, wholesome scent reminiscent of the yearly duty of burning incense in the Temple. And myrrh – a scented oil for burial.
All men seek thee. Even today. There’s a very famous psychologist who today is also seeking Him. We pray for his journey to belief. I have a friend in another country who is slowly starting his search for Him. Men and women still seek Him. We are blessed to know Him and pray with great hope and joy for the seekers because we know what they will find.
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This morning while I was baking I listened to the psychologist to whom you refer talking at the Cambridge Union to a packed room full of young men and women. Although he did not address the issue of religion we have much reason to be grateful to Dr. Peterson. He has brought light and help to so many sorely in need of it. If ever there was a Christian in all but name it is him.
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We needed fresh air and he opened the window. He gave us the right words in which to discuss and debate certain issues that confront us on both a political and a religious levels. We owe him a debt of gratitude for his courage and his intellectual considerations.