The Star

“…and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy.” Matthew 2:9-10

The trees may have been taken down and the lights outlining the house turned off, but I am not quite ready to leave the Christmas story. I keep thinking about the star that led the wise men to Jesus. It collides in my mind with the verse, “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.” 1 John 1:7. Light led the wise men to Jesus and they rejoiced. Could it be that if we walk in the light, telling the truth about our sin, because we know He has cleansed us from each one, then maybe we too could lead others to Him like the star? The choice is theirs, but we could make the introductions, if the Holy Spirit so allows. Perhaps our lives could shine so bright that people wonder about us and start asking questions. It is not the kind of light that comes from self glory, but a life that lives to glorify our King. A heart that has Jesus as its first love cannot help but shine.

Unity

Sometimes there is a word that keeps coming up and you claim it as your word for the year. Fear comes and you wonder if that is the very thing the enemy will attack the most. Then you look around and know he is already got that covered; has in fact since the whole incident in the garden with Adam and Eve. We see how he works, this separating that creates division inside of us and moves to those we are closest in relationship. It keeps moving and before you know it, we live in a society divided into fearful teams. Nobody is winning. So what do we do? How do we come back together? We start with ourselves.

So much to say about this, more questions than answers actually, but it is time to make dinner and gather around the table. A great picture of unity that will make me smile.

*Picture is from the explanation of the game of “Spoons”.