Kara Stanley: “We saw his light when it rose…” ~The Wise Ones – Matthew 2:2

“Drawing the World Together” Advent Blog Series


Have you ever thought about the moment before they saw the light?  Who were Matthew’s Magi?  What were they doing before the irresistible light?  We know almost nothing about them except, maybe that they were the first.  The first foreigners Jesus would draw.



I wonder – was there a tear in the fabric of the sky as the creation-speaking-Word slipped dimensions and took residence in human form?  Did these Magi notice some cosmic rift everyone else missed? If I had been there in that distant land of ancient days, would I have been scanning the night sky for signs of hope? Or perhaps been too distracted in the mundane, lulled by the comfortable, or terrified of the unknown to notice?



Ironic, but sometimes it’s hard, when surrounded by darkness, to find the light. So many different things can obscure and cloud it.  Those things can make us feel distant, wholly apart from what God is doing, far-flung from hope, love, and joy.  When this happens, can we find what the wise ones did?

Can we be watchful for the glimmer that sparks something deep at our core? Can we listen as Wisdom ignites the echoes of an ancient story – one where all who are lost and wandering in darkness find their way home?  Somehow we know this story is ours too.  So we will take the first step – a step out of deep darkness, a step following the star.



Wisdom drives us on.  She walks beside us on the long dark journey, as she has with countless others, guiding us to the child of promise, to a sovereign who would sacrifice, to a God who would give everything to welcome each forgotten foreigner, each lost child of creation back home.


Kara Stanley, graduated with an MDiv from Central in 2016.   Kara has been married for 30 years, has 4 (mostly grown) children, ~2 daughters-in-law, and 2 grandchildren.  She has a background in a variety of education and ministry contexts, as well as broad tent-making experience.  She loves adventure and enjoys writing and mentoring young ministers.  Kara currently worships with and serves the congregation and neighbors of Redemption Church in Olathe, KS.  


Dear Friends of Central, as we observe this joyous season of Advent and then Christmastide, we give thanks that Jesus draws the whole world together. God has called Central to be a place where north and south, east and west, come together as the one Body of Christ to learn how the Gospel takes root in different cultures.

I ask you to give generously as the year-end draws near. Each day I give thanks for your participation in the world-wide mission of Central. — Molly T. Marshall

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