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Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Lil' Star

The Littlest Star appeared one night in the sky.  He hid behind the bigger stars.  Years passed, the littlest star, known as Lil’ Star, never grew up.  He may have been tiny, but his voice was as big as a giant kite.
         The Lil Star raced across the night sky singing his song, “Do you see what I see?” 
         One night a huge star shone in the night sky.  No one noticed the Lil’ Star dancing across the sky that night, following the biggest star ever.
         The Lil’ Star saw a donkey, led by a handsome man. The donkey walked carefully for he carried a beautiful young lady.  Lil’ Star looked again, and noticed she was very weary, and expecting a baby soon.
         “Do you see what I see?” sang Lil’ Star. He heard the man say, “We are almost to Bethlehem.  We will find a room where we can rest.” 
         Mary answered, “Thank you, Joseph.  I know you feel tired, too.  We have traveled many miles.”
         Lil’ Star looked.  He could see Bethlehem was not far away.  He rejoiced for Joseph and Mary as they neared the end of their journey. 
         Lil’ Star clapped his hands in joy as they reached the Inn. Lil’ Star sang his song, “Do you see what I see?”  When Lil’ Star saw the Inn Keeper shake his head and point, he moved closer. 
         Then Lil’ Star heard the Inn Keeper say, “There is no room in the inn, but there is room in the stable.”  Joseph led Mary to the stable.
         And Baby Jesus was born.  Lil’ Star heard the sweet sounds of a new baby and changed his song, “Do you hear what I hear?”
         The angelic light appeared as the Heavens burst open and Lil’ Star heard the Angels sing, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace among those with whom He is pleased.
         Lil’ Star wondered if he was the only one who could hear the angels. Then he saw shepherds in the field listening, too.  Lil’ Star sang, “Do you see what I see?” as he watched the shepherds going to Bethlehem to see Jesus.
         Lil’ Star watched and thought of their joy in seeing the Messiah, the baby Jesus, lying in the manger.  No one noticed Lil’ Star as he darted between the stars following the shepherds. The shepherds remembered all the prophets had told about Jesus in the scriptures. 
         Lil’ Star sang, “Do you hear what I hear?”  After worshipping Baby Jesus, the shepherds left and told everyone they met what they had seen.  Lil’ Star watched Mary as she thought about all the things happening that night.  Lil’ Star heard Mary sing a new song, “Do you know what I know?”  Lil’ Star wondered if there would be an end to the story of Jesus.  What could all this mean?
         Eight days later, Lil’ Star watched as Joseph and Mary took Baby Jesus to the temple.  There Simeon met them and took Jesus into his arms. Then Simeon, an old man, said, “Sovereign Lord, now let your servant die in peace, as you have promised.  I have seen your salvation, which you have prepared for all people.  He is a light to reveal God to the nations, and He is the glory of your people Israel!”  Luke 2:29-32. 
            Lil’ Star sang, “Do you hear what I hear?” And so it is, the Joy of the World came to earth. Each time someone hears the story of Jesus, to this day, Lil’ Star sings, “Do you See, Do you Hear, Do you Know? What I have seen, heard and know?” 
         Lil’ Star continues to dance across the sky, praising Jesus.  Tears filled his eyes when he saw Jesus crucified.  He scooted across the sky when Jesus rose from the dead.  He did a somersault when Jesus returned to Heaven on a cloud. 
         To this day, Lil’ Star continues to sing his song when he sees someone hear about Jesus and loves Him. Lil’ Star wishes he were bigger, yet his song reminds us to wait and watch for Jesus! 
         If you are still and listen on a starry night, you will see, and you will hear Lil’ Star singing, “Do you see what I see?



Tuesday, December 18, 2018

What Is Christmas?

What is Christmas?  So many Christmas Eve’s of quietness and hearing these words from Luke 21,7-14, And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.  And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.  And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.  And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
          One day in school, I learned Jesus’ birth is counted with B.C. and A.D. Knowing Jesus was prophesied in the Old Testament many years before his birth; I wondered how the prophets knew of His coming.  How little I knew then about the faithfulness of God the Father. Thy mercy, O Lord, is in the heavens; and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds.  Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; thy judgments are a great deep: O Lord, thou preservest man and beast.
            Talk about God’s long-range plans and the expectation of the birth of the Christ Child, the Messiah. It has been many generations since Jesus was born on earth.  Carolyn Murray’s poem cuts through the tinsel and man-made lights and tells of the Light of the World, Jesus.  I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness. John 12:46
         God blessed Abraham in Genesis 12:2-3:  And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:  And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. This prophecy was fulfilled – Acts 3:25-26.   Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed.  Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.
         Isaac in Genesis 17:19, fulfilled in Romans 9:7; Jacob in Genesis 28:14, fulfilled in Luke 3:34; and Judah (Israel) in Genesis 49:10, fulfilled in Luke 3:33 testify to God’s faithfulness over the ages.
         Take away the Christmas tree, the gifts, the lights and tinsel, and the ornate decorations, we quickly learn what Christmas is.  Christmas is the celebration in our hearts of expecting the birth of love in our hearts by worshiping the gift God sent. Jesus is our gift from God sent with the promise of eternal hope and joy when we accept Jesus as our Lord.  Composers have written oratorios to sing in celebration of the birth of Jesus, Yet, the simple song, “Jesus Loves Me” sung by a child delights the heart.  Delicious feasts at Christmas may fill our stomachs and yet our hearts fill to overflowing through the gift of the Holy Spirit.  Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Gentleness, Faithfulness, and Self-Control.  
         God blesses us with the Joy of Christ of Christmas, despite the absence of some family members and the lack of money for exorbitant gifts.  He is the real reason for our being!

What is Christmas?
If you take away the tinsel,
And you take away the toys,
If you take away the Christmas tree,
Where are the Christmas joys?

If you turn off all the colored lights,
Throw away the candy canes,
If you take down all the stockings,
Will Christmas come again?

If you take away the bustle,
The pine scent and the noise,
If you never wrapped a present,
What of all the girls and boys?

Yet, we invented all of that.
It’s a poor imitation of
The reason for the holiday
God’s gift of Divine Love.

See the Light, that hovers tenderly
‘Round the Mother and the Child?
Do you hear her crooning softly
To the Babe, so meek and mild?

Without the lights, without the tree
Without all, we’re used to seeing,
There’s still the CHRIST of Christmas…
         The real reason for our BEING!

                           Carolyn Murray