On a crisp, clear night, we drove in the countryside away from the bright lights of the city. As we drove farther from the city lights, the night sky seemed to come to life. It had millions of twinkling stars, with planets and constellations visible. We sensed how early astronomers were in awe of the sight and sought a clearer perspective. They studied the stars and followed their placement in the sky, just as the Magi followed the star in the east to the Christ child. As we watched the stars it was apparent some were more intense in brilliance, and we knew God had created the majestic scene that surrounded us.
The visit of the Magi occurred during the time when King Herod, a non-Jew and ruler of Judea, was threatened by the birth of a baby destined to be the king of the Jews. Herod was a ruthless leader who had murdered several family members and ordered babies killed. The Magi understood the significance of the child for whom they were seeking. They traveled hundreds of miles following the star, with the glory of the Lord guiding them. After visiting the mother and child, the Magi returned to their country by a different route. Our all-knowing God provided a sign to the Magi through a dream.
On this Christmas Day we celebrate the birth of the Christ child, the wonderful gift from God. As we walk in the light from God, love surrounds us each and every day.
Loving God, we thank you for your Son and the light that shines in the world. Amen.
First Christian Church, Kennett