Now when Jesus was born
in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king,
behold; there came wise men from the east to
Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born King of
the Jews: for we have seen his star in the east, and
are come to worship him.
Matthew 2: 1-2KJV
My friends and family know, I love the holidays….
especially Christmas. I tend to get extremely
nostalgic. I love the music, the scents, crisp cool
air, and the laughter of children.
Wonderful, lasting memories are made and preserved in
our hearts, to be unwrapped and shared throughout the
year. Stories are shared of Christmas past, and the
greatest story ever told never grows old. In fact, it
becomes like the star, ever brighter as I hear and
relive the birth of the Savior, Jesus Christ.
In the evenings, I step out into the starry night, and
my eyes are immediately drawn to the eastern star. The
star carries me back in time…. to another evening as
shepherds watched their flocks at night. Possibly they
gazed into the starlit night enjoying the peaceful
moment, while marveling at its beauty.
Suddenly the angel appears to announce the birth of
the Savior. Heavenly choirs burst forth in melodic
celebration! The King is born, a Savior sent forth to
redeem the world.
As the brilliance of the star glowed in the sky, wise
men from the east, hastened to go worship the newborn
King. Inquiring of Herod the king, caused an uproar
that would set in motion events the world would never
forget. Yet, Herod was unable to stop that which God
had ordained to be. Christ was born, lived to share
the good news of salvation, and fulfilled the holy
This year, as I look upon the star, I will thank God
for his beloved Son he so graciously gave to the
world, his gift of love to all mankind. I will pray
for peace on earth during this time of war, and for
abiding peace for families and loved ones separated in
body, yet not in spirit. I will pray that his star
will shine in the darkness of the night illuminating
the sky with its brilliance, reminding all who gaze
upon it that Emmanuel is with them.
Let the daystar arise in your heart this Christmas,
share the wonderful gift of Jesus with someone now and
throughout the year.
May God richly bless you this holiday season, and
may you and yours be filled with the spirit of our
2004 Marie Williams
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