Day 18 – Search  
 
My first 18 years were lived on an island where water rescues were common. The coast guard and the beach lifeguards were often in the news.  It was normal for these rescuers to be involved in a search, or training for their next search.   Through their vigilance many lives were saved.
 
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The shepherds searched for a baby laying in a manger.  The magi searched for a king as they followed a star. But the search that I most appreciate is God’s search.  Since the fall of Adam and Eve, God has been searching for us.  Through Abraham, Moses, the prophets and his countless acts of love, God had been on a quest to restore humanity to himself.  The high point of his search was the incarnation.   “…when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his son.”  (Galatians 4:4)
 
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The search continues.  God is searching for you.  He is searching for me.  Yes, as His baptized sons, we are now his found “saints.”  But as members of the human race you and I are still “sinners.”  The apostle Paul describes this dilemma: “For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out.  For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing… Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (excerpts from Romans 7:18-25).
 

God continues to search for saints / sinners like you and me.  Through His Word, wherever and however we encounter it, God is searching to bring us into a deeper relationship with himself.  How do you experience God searching for you this Advent /Christmas season?