Tuesday, January 4, 2011

The Tenth Day of Christmas

Today's verse is Matthew 2:10, once again about the Wise Men:

"When they saw the star, they were overjoyed."

(Whole passage at: Matthew 2:1-12)

I bet they were.

They are away from the crowds and political intrigue of Jerusalem. On their final leg of a long journey. And suddenly they have a clear sign from above.

Christmas is a time of joy, even that first Christmas.

Mary must have been simply overwhelmed with joy at the birth of her son. Joseph, too. even if for both of them it was tinged with fear and uncertainty.

The Shepherds were overjoyed, spreading the news they heard from the angels.

Even the angels were full of "great joy."

And now the Wise Men, too.

Joy is a central theme of the Christmas message, part of what we seek and share.

What has brought you joy this season?

Merry Christmas!

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