Has something ever "lit up a pathway" for you in your life?

Take a look at Matthew 2:1-12 (The Message)

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem village, Judah territory— this was during Herod’s kingship—a band of scholars arrived in Jerusalem from the East. They asked around, “Where can we find and pay homage to the newborn King of the Jews? We observed a star in the eastern sky that signaled his birth. We’re on pilgrimage to worship him.”

When word of their inquiry got to Herod, he was terrified—and not Herod alone, but most of Jerusalem as well. Herod lost no time. He gathered all the high priests and religion scholars in the city together and asked, “Where is the Messiah supposed to be born?” They told him, “Bethlehem, Judah territory. The prophet Micah wrote it plainly: It’s you,
Bethlehem, in Judah’s land, no longer bringing up the rear.  From you will come the leader who will shepherd-rule my people, my Israel.”

Herod then arranged a secret meeting with the scholars from the East. Pretending to be as devout as they were, he got them to tell him exactly when the birth-announcement star
appeared. Then he told them the prophecy about Bethlehem, and said, “Go find this child. Leave no stone unturned. As soon as you find him, send word and I’ll join you at once in your worship.”

Instructed by the king, they set off. Then the star appeared again, the same star they had seen in the eastern skies. It led them on until it hovered over the place of the child. They could hardly contain themselves: They were in the right place! They had arrived at the right time! They entered the house and saw the child in the arms of Mary, his mother. Overcome, they kneeled and worshiped him. Then they opened their luggage and presented gifts: gold, frankincense, myrrh.

In a dream, they were warned not to report back to Herod. So they worked out another route, left the territory without being seen, and returned to their own country.



 

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  • Kay R.

    It was great to meet Stephanie and Patrick! Always good discussion... Energizing.

    January 6, 2014

  • Michael L.

    What I think about are the people in my life whom I have wanted to emulate. They are like guiding stars that have lit up a way for me to follow. I think of Jesus in that way too, even though I never sat in his "classroom" or walked along side of him.

    1 · January 1, 2014

  • Kay R.

    I see that I've forgotten to include DIRECTIONS, so here they are: Exit Rt. 30 at Mt. Zion Rd./PA 24, and go south toward PA 462. Turn right onto Concord Rd. at the traffic light. The Marriott Courtyard is on the right, just past the Yorktown Shopping Center entrance. Join us in the Monarch Room just off lobby!

    December 30, 2013

  • Kay R.

    I want to think about this some more, because the question has some significance, but there have been times - crucial times - when friends have recognized gifts that I didn't realize I had, and they encouraged me... actually, not only encouraged me but made opportunities for me to explore those gifts. It was a course-changing illumination.

    December 30, 2013

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