by Ruth Knoke ~ Florida Sun Coast Circuit

...they (the Magi) 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 worshipped him…and presented him with gifts... Matthew 2:9-11

After we celebrate Christmas, we enter the season of Epiphany. We read the above verses and remember the Magi, the Wise Men of old, who sought their Savior. "When they saw the star, they were overjoyed," we are told, for that star would guide them to Jesus.

We, too, have seen the STAR, Jesus, who is our Guide in life, the Light of the world! The Magi went on their way rejoicing. They knew the joy Jesus’ love brought to them. The shepherds also had that joy and told all they saw of the wonderful things which had been told to them. As we ponder it in our hearts as Mary did, do we keep it all to ourselves, or do we go and tell with the shepherds and be on our way rejoicing with the Magi? We have just "seen" that Baby in the manger through his Word and the comfort of the Holy Spirit. We know the joy of the shepherds and Magi. We have seen the STAR! After we leave our church service do we even remember the pastor’s message—or where it was located in Scripture? Do we tell others what we have seen and heard? Or are we like the nine lepers Scripture also tells us about who were cured by Jesus and never even said "Thanks, Lord!"? Just one of the ten thanked him. "Where are the nine?" Jesus asks.

May we never be included with those nine. May we always thank Jesus for our salvation, for being our Guiding Light in life. May we always go on our way rejoicing, singing thankful praises to Jesus, thanking him for all his love and forgiveness, his comfort and healing of our hearts, bodies and souls. Let us thank our God and our pastor for the message which they have faithfully brought to us.

Jesus came to earth at Christmas to save us. Epiphany continues to remind us of the joy we know in Jesus. May we also do as the Magi did, rejoice in our Savior and bring him our gifts from his abundance to us. Through those gifts we go and tell others Jesus loves them! Let us spread the word this Epiphany season. We have seen the STAR!