Devotion: Star of Wonder

Text: The Gospel According to St. Matthew 2:1-12

Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father, and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, behold, in its glory, the Star of the Lord set above the heavens, burning bright, as it puts to shame all other lights in the sky. See it as those Magi did upon their wondrous trek across the desert, journey to the cradle of the Christ child, born to meager estate, as the guiding light of the Lord, meant to lead all to the birth of grace, mercy and peace. Beautiful, miraculous, with a presence of splendid magnitude much like our Savior Himself, those who did follow it, prince or pauper, weak or wise, all equal at the foot of the majesty of the newborn King of kings, would find that unto them would be imprinted the divinity of our Lord as they knelt before Him.

Within the Star of the Lord the love of God is proclaimed in the promise of His boundless mercy. Come to Bethlehem and look upon the hope that has been made manifest. He who is sacred and holy, yet born in lowly humiliation waits there. Find Him and the deliverance of God Almighty shall follow. Sin and sorrow, trials and tribulations, pain and perdition shall hold no power as the the chains of this world are smashed, along with the troubles that are born of them. Just as our Lord, in those earliest days of creation, spoke and said “Let there be light”, (Genesis 1:3-5) giving birth to the universe and all that is in it, (Genesis 1) He again guided, through His light, a new birth and a new creation for all who hope in the salvation.

If this is how our Father, in His boundless grace, revealed unto those Kings of the East, those Gentile Wise Men who searched the Heavens for answers, the path to righteousness and mercy, love and peace made flesh, how then does He show His path unto you dear child?

Like the Magi of old, God raises His hand to lead you, to show you His way as you journey through the spiritual desert that lies before you. Through the darkest of nights, He shines with wondrous, miraculous magnificence to show the way. His favor pours forth in glorious tenderness and utmost devotion for you, His dearly beloved sons and daughters. “Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.” (Isaiah 60:1-3)

Perhaps your journey is long. Perhaps the travels through this world are tiring and filled with deception, as you look upon the path you’ve traveled, and, like the Magi who, in encountering Herod, discovered not all is as it seems, find that there are traps all about you meant to ensnare you. The beginning of your struggle is not the end of God’s love for you. Though He never assures to you ease even as you are led by Him, (2 Corinthians 12:7-10) He does vow to deliver in those hours of our greatest need. (Deuteronomy 31:6) Never failing you or forsaking you, His radiance burns brighter in your moments of doubt and struggle, illuminating even the darkest shadows of night. To look upon the promises of God in faith is to see this truth as He reveals Himself unto you in the miraculous working of His plan.

The wise, who follow the road of the Lord, seeking the Christ need not fear nor distress, for divine and holy does the light of the Lord burn in its brightness. Remember, after all, “all kings shall fall down before him: all nations shall serve him.” (Psalm 72:11) What power do our trials and our troubles hold when it is proclaimed that, “He shall deliver the needy when he crieth; the poor also, and him that hath no helper. He shall spare the poor and needy, and shall save the souls of the needy. He shall redeem their soul from deceit and violence: and precious shall their blood be in his sight.”? (Psalm 72:12-14) Is there any gloom, any darkness, any tribulation that can keep us from the anointed Christ and the peace that he offers when we are guided by the hand of our Heavenly Father to the places where he does dwell?

Boldly, in the courage of our Heavenly Father, made manifest in the strength of His love for us, we can proclaim, “Most assuredly not”. Come powers and principalities, come what may, come what must, we, like the children of Israel who were protected by the pillar of flames, (Exodus 13:21-22) are shielded by our Rock and our Refuge as He makes manifest his presence for us.

Take then your gifts and follow the path of the Lord, your God. Look to the Heavens, dear brothers and sisters for the hand of the divine as He guides you to the place where righteousness lays waiting for you. Healing and hope lie with that manger where the blessed and holy one rests in mean estate. The journey may be long and the days wrought with trials as the struggles seem great before you, yet, by the grace of God, you shall find your way.

Take then your gifts to place at his feet. The star of the Lord, shining bright before you, waits to guide you, to lead you. He will not let you be lost as your Prince of Peace, your King of kings expectantly anticipates you, even as a small babe resting in the promises of God, the Lord Almighty.

Come to Bethlehem where He does sleep and find your blessed peace. Your Heavenly Father has already made the path for you.

Now may the peace of the Lord that transcends all human understanding keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus, revealing unto You the glories of His majesty, even unto life everlasting, Amen.

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