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From the Desk of Pastor Asher; Thinking about Wise Men visiting Jesus
2 January 2015
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The story of the Wise Men visiting Jesus (Matthew 2:1-12) is one of the best known stories in the Gospels. It is a story that includes elements of the journey of life, of perseverance and God’s guidance along the way, of delight in finding faith and relationship with God, of the intrigue of a greedy and jealous king, and of the triumph of good over evil.
The light of a tiny star, no bigger than the tip of a pin, started the Wise Men on their journey and guided them to the newborn Messiah. Their story demonstrates that faith grows through ordinary experiences and events in our daily lives. What seems ordinary as it happens, can in hindsight be an extraordinary manifestation of God’s grace. The birth of a child, the moment you first fall in love, random meetings and conversations, life’s milestones, becoming a parent or a grandparent or an aunt/uncle are all examples of the creative grace of God in our individual lives.
All of us have seen “the star” of the Wise Men. The question is, “What is and what has been your star? How do you recognize the light of Jesus in your life?”
There are times in our lives when it is hard for us to keep our gaze on that star. These could be times of loss, terrible things happening to us or our family and friends, a struggle with addiction or illness. All of these are examples of awful things that at times can dim our perception of the light of God’s presence in our lives. It is in difficult times such as these that we have an opportunity to help our friends and neighbors rediscover their star, to help them find strength and guidance in their relationship with God.
The light of faith and the comfort of our relationship with God sustain us in both the good and difficult periods of our lives. Our relationship with God and with each other is the star lighting our individual lives’ journeys.
Each of us have a personal star guiding us. I am talking about the star of faith, hope, love, prayer, friendship, support, and companionship. That star has a different name at different times. The light of that star fills us with the Love (Agape) of God that manifests itself in joy, peace, tolerance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Gal 5:22-23).
Rejoice in your star. Be grateful for the opportunities to be a star for others.
May God bless and keep you always,
May your needs be always met,
May you always do for others,
And let others do for you.
May you be light onto others,
May you see the others light,
And may you always walk with God!