Monday, December 24, 2012

Following the Christmas Star

Merry Christmas! Today is Christmas Eve and the festivities are about to begin. We’ve wrapped our gifts in anticipation and are about to embark on our journey through the Christmas holiday. We have searched far and wide to give the absolute perfect gift to those we love and anxiously await the joy of seeing them open this token of our love.

It is okay to have fun and share joy and love in the chaos of family gatherings and dinners and gift giving. It’s okay to be happy amid the torn wrapping paper and discarded packaging as we share our love and joy with our friends and family. But, let us remember this Christmas to honor the One who taught us to love, the One who came to earth from heaven that first Christmas - God's great gift of love to us.

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.” …They went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 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. Matthew 2:1-2, 9-11

How far will you travel to worship Jesus and what do you bring with you?

1 comment:

Audrey said...

Maureen, thanks for reminding us that we can mix both parts of Christmas together. Worshipping the coming of the King isn't negated by passing around a box of homemade chocolate candy. We are filled with joy because He came to us in that lowly stable. We are also filled with joy when we eat with our family at the diningroom table. He gave us each other to live on this earth together and to demonstrate our love for Him by loving each other. God bless you and Merry Christmas!