Come Find Me

“We are waiting for the glorious coming of Christ. Sometimes the heart yearning for the gift – is part of the gift!”

from A Jesus Advent Celebration Devotional

It’s an interesting game of hide-and-seek with a 5-year old when they call to you from their hiding place as if you can’t follow the sound of their voice. Of course, she knows she will be found. That’s the point. But we can’t find her too quickly or the anticipation of it all is lost. And that is the most fun. Her eyebrows raised with a smile ready on her face as she hides behind a curtain, feet stuck out in plain view, and calls “Baba, find me!”.

a bit younger than 5 in this picture

a bit younger than 5 in this picture

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I want to look for baby Jesus again. I want to have the anticipation I had for Santa Claus as a child. I want to share and build the delight of looking for Him with the men we serve. I want to share Advent with them. The real story of Christmas. The one where an unmarried pregnant teenage girl was chosen to birth this special Child. Where her fiancĂ© would have left her were it not for an Angel and the faith Joseph had to believe. It’s a messy story really, where the Savior came into our mess.

Mother-in-law's ornament

Mother-in-law’s ornament

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Our building will look lovely. It won’t be filled with farm animals and their smells like it was in Bethlehem. We’ll have beautifully decorated trees throughout and a Nativity display that is more like a miniature town. There will be candles and ribbons and candy and Christmas songs many don’t know because they aren’t sung in school anymore. They’ll struggle through the high keys those carols seem tl be written in but we’ll sing Away in a Manger and Hark! the Herald Angels Sin and maybe even Angels We Have Heard on High. We. Will. Celebrate. Christmas!

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The men's decorations in their dorm hall.

The men’s decorations in their dorm hall.

We will look for him as we read the words of the prophet Isaiah and how people have been looking for Jesus for thousands of years.

And we’ll know we will find Him.

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About Deborah Hudson

I serve in ministry alongside my husband. We are currently working in the recovery community as administrators of a residential program for men who have lost their way in life, many due to substance abuse issues. This program is called an Adult Rehabilitation Center under the direction of The Salvation Army. My husband and I are officers in this organization and as such, ordained ministers. I have two grown children and one delightful granddaughter. I'm also learning to deal with the effects of dementia as my mother is caught in the mire of this disease. I drink too much Pepsi and sing too loud in my car. I blog about my life. Life among people in recovery, life as a journeyer, life unexpected. My life has the typical messiness of the day to day and in the midst of the mess of me is grace. View all posts by Deborah Hudson

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