This is the sixth in our Advent series of reflections, written by pioneering youth workers…
What do you know about them? We had a think too…
They weren’t wise (according to Jewish standards)
There weren’t three of them (only three gifts)
They probably weren’t all men (I’d definitely ask Helen and Hester to come along with me for a long trip abroad, not to mention any servants they may have had).
Yet they were led to, and found God.
Through their own tradition and expertise, in a way that they understood, they were led to the truth that God is with us.
Other things we wondered…
What did they do after their part in the story ends?
Did they tell others about the baby they found?
Did they listen out for news of what that baby grew up to be and do?
Did they find ways to help others discover that God is with them, in their culture and tradition back in ‘the East’?
Finally, perhaps they are more similar to us than we think. They were outsiders visiting, they met a (very) young person who was on the edge, part of a family in disgrace and poverty and danger. In this baby they also met God. And meeting young person and God together must have changed them, inspired and driven them forward.
A friend has a t-shirt saying:
‘three wise men – seriously?’
she’s right in so many ways.
But if it’s rather a journey, meeting, life shifting, an ‘encountering the young and God together’ story, one powerful enough that we go back to share and invite others to be part of it. Please tell me…
… where do we get our camels?!
By Tadz, Helen and Hester Billam
Join us this advent.
Frontier Youth Trust is a home for pioneer youth workers. As part of our shared rhythm of life we have invited pioneers from within our community to contribute a reflection about a character from the nativity story. We will be posting these reflections throughout advent.
We invite you to journey with us and discover the story afresh.