Sunday, December 6, 2009

As the Magi were overjoyed, so am I!

After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh. - Matthew 2:9-11

I feel much like the wise men this morning. They traveled many miles looking for Jesus. They worked hard and dedicated themselves to a long obedience in the same direction...following the star. The Magi (Individuals that were able to interpret the stars) had a long journey and a purpose in mind. I believe the Magi's forefathers learned of the coming Messiah when the Jews were captive in Babylon. Thus, they were waiting and looking for the New King, God's Messiah. It had been a long wait.

At the time they saw the star, they were overjoyed. All the hard work, education, and dedication to their goals opened up the reality of seeing Jesus...

Today is the day after our "Only Love" Musical weekend. I feel much like the Magi because I am also overjoyed. The reality of seeing Jesus in the hearts and minds of so many dedicated people brings me great joy. We also started a long journey of obedience in August. After much waiting, dedication, and education, we were able to lift our artistry in praise and worship.

Lord, thank you for dedicated Christ-followers that are willing to serve you completely. Thank you for strength and skill development that we might offer ourselves to you in a creative spirit. Thank you for truth that "Only love could write the Christmas story and only grace could make it true." In praise of Jesus' name, Amen.

You know I love ya - Don

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