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From the Star to the Cross

By noreply@blogger.com (Chris Denny) on Dec 24, 2017 06:30 am
Matthew 2:1-2
In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.”

Lord,
the Star shines
Brightly, Brilliantly,
Guiding, Inspiring,
Twinkling,
Beckoning me to follow.

“Star of Wonder,
Star of night
Star with royal beauty bright,
Westward leading,
Still proceeding
Guide us to
Thy Perfect Light.”

The Magi followed that star
to meet the Christ child,
the King of the Jews.
This year I too am following the star
longing to see the One
who is the fulfillment of God’s promise,
the One who embodies God’s
Hope,
Peace,
Joy, and
Love.

As I look again,
Lord, I wonder,
“Is it a star at all?
or is it an Empty Cross?”
Radiant, Triumphant,
Glowing with Easter Life,
Resurrection Hope.
The Cross of Christ
that One who gives God’s
Hope,
Peace,
Joy,
and Love.

Maybe it is both.
Maybe that is part of its beauty,
part of its mystery.
The double image,
the ambiguity,
the Both/And.

In the Star of the Christ Child,
we see shinning
the Victorious Cross of the Risen Christ.
I wonder…
“Do you see what I see?”
Amen.

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