JOY - Third week of Advent
I live in a condo in the city. When I sit out on my balcony at night, I look for stars. I usually only see the brightest stars and there does not seem to be many, yet I know they are there. Ambient light interferes with how many I can see. When I am out on the farm, there is less ambient light and I see more of them. I always look for the brightest star and think about the wise men who followed a star to find the newborn King.
Matthew 2 : 9-10
When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy.
The wise men left King Herod to continue following the star till it stopped over the place where Jesus lay. Would I notice a new star and followed that it across the horizon? If I knew that I would see the Messiah, would I step out in faith and follow where it leads? Look up at the sky tonight and remember the journey made by wise men to the manger that holds the Messiah, the King of the Jews. Advent represents this star by a candle that reflects the joy that comes through Jesus’ arrival, and through the salvation he has gifted us. Think about your faith journey and where it has taken you. May you be filled with JOY this advent season!
Hymn 438 refrain - O star of wonder, star of night, star with royal beauty bright, westward leading, still proceeding, guide us to thy perfect light!
Yours in Christ,
Gwyn, Kat, and Shannon
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