Mindful Advent – Seeking/Searching

Today’s Mindful Advent focus word is “seeking” or “searching.”  Meditate on these.  What comes to mind?  Are you searching for something in your life, like love or fulfillment?  Do you have a vague sense that there is something missing, but you don’t know what it is?  Spend some time with it, give it some space, and see what happens…

The Advent/Christmas stories all have an aspect of seeking/searching to them.  Zechariah and Elizabeth, Mary and Joseph, like others they know have been longing for, seeking a messiah to save them from oppression, as a fulfillment of God’s promises through the prophets to bring a savior.  The magi were seeking a new king, a new ruler who had special qualities.  I can imagine them, in their caravan, long days of riding their camels with lots of time to meditate on what it was they were expecting to find and what difference it would make to their lives, and then looking up into the night sky at that star — they followed it, but it was not what they were seeking, but it would show them the way.


Here are some thoughts to ponder, two from Viktor Frankl, who wrote of his experiences in a Nazi concentration camp, and then from a scientist who shows us, I think, that we can’t help but ask such questions.

“Those who have a ‘why’ to live, can bear with almost any ‘how’.”
Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning

“For the world is in a bad state, but everything will become still worse unless each of us does his best.”
Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning

“Even if there is only one possible unified theory, it is just a set of rules and equations. What is it that breathes fire into the equations and makes a universe for them to describe? The usual approach of science of constructing a mathematical model cannot answer the questions of why there should be a universe for the model to describe. Why does the universe go to all the bother of existing?”
Stephen Hawking, A Brief History of Time


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