The Immanuel Mosaic

Scripture Focus for Today

Matthew 2:9-12 2:9 When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.

Reflections on Scripture

Having welcomed the Christ child, my life’s journey has taken a different path. I can see clearly now. After all these years, I am now able to recognize myself as a shard in an eternally magnificent mosaic. Without a doubt, I am small in relation to the cosmic whole. Yet, my position in the portrait is undeniable. I contribute a unique hue and a rare aspect to the picture. My brokenness dovetails with the sharp edges of those around me. My shard brings balance to the hole. Without my presence, the mosaic would be incomplete. My absence would leave a big gap where my gemstone should have been. I was created to fill the particular space in the mosaic that I now occupy, interfacing and meshing with those around me in a grand design. I am persuaded that holding down this position has been the purpose of my life.

Prayer Response

Holy God, thank you for your eternal plan. Though I am broken, I am a self-contained complex – mind, body, spirit – suspended in perfect balance. You placed something Divine in me that tethers me to the Source. Immanuel. God is with us. We are one. Amen.

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