Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Star Gazing

Today’s Reading: Matthew 2:10-11 NIV

10 When [the wise men] saw the star, they were overjoyed! 11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.

Good morning!

The stars were spectacular last night! Did you see them? On a clear winter's night, one can see amazing constellations in the sky. It was way too cold to stand outside for long in near zero degree temperatures; yet, for one brief moment, the skies came alive with blazing white light.

We celebrate and remember the journey of three wise men visiting the infant King on January 6th. It is commonly referred to as the Epiphany, which means “appearance” or “manifestation.” This is a celebration of Christ’s birth and the visitation by Persian priests to Bethlehem. This date commemorates Jesus’ baptism in the River Jordan and the miracle of water to wine at the wedding feast in Cana of Galilee. Epiphany is a celebration of great light and new life.

Just as the astronomers from the east followed a star which led them to the newborn king, we follow Christ’s light into this brand new year. The wise men were willing to follow the star wherever it went, even amid uncertain times. Are you willing to seek out and follow the light of Christ on a day like today?

In this world of uncertain times, there is one thing we can be sure of. Christ’s light, the light of the world, is shining brightly today. He will lead us straight into the Father’s arms, if we are willing to look up and follow His light. Our life’s circumstances may seem bleak, as the winter wind whips around your heart. Do not be discouraged. Jesus Christ walks where you are. He understands your fear. He will not leave you nor forsake you. If you choose to place your full trust Him, Jesus Christ will be the light of your life; He will lead you safely home.

What a great evening to do a little star gazing! Open the door of your heart and see the amazing miracle shining in the night sky!

Grace and peace,

Deb Spaulding

Faith UMC - St. Charles, MO


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