When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy.
This Sunday I'm lighting 3 candles in my Advent Wreath. The 3rd candle is pink not purple as are the others. It is the candle of JOY. My little crew of wise men from my nativity set have been on a journey here at my house and are moving closer and closer to where Mary and Joseph are waiting.
The magi sought after a King. They were confident that the star they followed would lead them to someone of majesty. When they came to Jerusalem and didn't find the One they came to see, they didn't give up, they kept on. When we see Jesus, we will always find hem. It's important to be like those magi. We have to remember not to give up when we don't find Him in the usual places and never forget to keep our eyes open for Him. He may not look like we expect..
This Christmas season some of us may be like the cartoon character CATHY who expressed the anxiety many of us feel.
She says to her boss: My left brain is making lists of people I haven't sent cards to yet. My right brain is at the craft store, thinking up creative gifts I could make before Christmas...
My nerves are at the mall, worrying whether I should have gotten the other necktie for my Dad. My stomach is still at last night's party begging for more Christmas cookies.
My heart is stuck in traffic somewhere between my mother's house, my boyfriend's house and the adorable man I saw at the post office.
Her boss asks: What is it you want, Cathy?
Cathy replies: May what's left of me sneak home early and take a nap?
Some of us may be feeling about that frazzled. Isn't it wonderful to take a few moments to collect ourselves in God's peace to center in on the majesty of the Christmas message?
I hope that this Sunday you all will join me in doing just that. Try to relax and think about what Christmas really means.