Guide Us To Thy Perfect Light

This Christmas season I've been paying a lot of attention to the stars.

It seems like the nights sky is especially glorious this year. The stars seem especially bright - when I get home from work it's usually dark, and we've had a lot of clear nights - I look up and the sheer multitude of stars has just amazed me. And the other morning on my way to work I saw four shooting stars.

"The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands." Psalm 19:1

I'm not sure why the skies seem to have my attention this Christmas, but it brings to my mind the star that led the Magi to Bethlehem. Where did that start come from, I wonder? Was it the result of two or three stars joining together, or did the Lord create it just for that purpose?

And where did it go? Did the star die, or did the two or three stars that made it just go their separate ways?

Did it appear right when Christ was born? And how long did it shine?

I think I'll have to ask Jesus when I get Home.

What a wondrous way for the Lord to make His coming known, even to heathen wise men in foreign lands! "For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse." Romans 1:20

The Lord is so creative, and how great is His power that even while he was in human form, waiting in Mary's womb for the day of His birth, He was also making sure Caesar ordered a census, sending the angels to bring the good tidings to the shepherds, and setting the star in the sky so that Mary and Joseph were not the only ones who knew of His coming! He is mighty indeed that He continued to control the universe, even while He stepped down from His throne and became a baby in order to save us.

To think that our sovereign God, the Creator of everything, humbled Himself to be born as a human baby in the humblest of places. Hardly a birthplace worthy of the King of Kings, and though His birthplace was unworthy of Him, the darkness of our world was even more undeserving of such a light!

The sacrifice it took for Him to take human form - and the even greater sacrifice for which He came, to give Himself as payment for our sins - if we think about it, the thought should blow our minds. What kind of grace He must have! It's unfathomable.

Thank you, Lord Jesus, for Your sacrifice! You could have left us in darkness, and it would have been just and right - but You chose to show us mercy and grace by giving Yourself! May we walk in a way that is worthy of that mercy and grace! A way that is worthy of the calling we have received (Ephesians 4:1). Amen.

May your Christmas be blessed, my friends, and I pray that each of you may turn your faces to His glorious light as we celebrate His coming this Christmas season!

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Heather @ Simple Wives said...

Sweet post!! And Beautiful picture!

Anne @ Sincerely, Britches said...

I think that is the most beautiful Christmas post I've read all season. Thank you for sharing.

Marry Christmas!!!

Annie said...

Your sweet meditations were a blessing to read. I am grateful for your reminder to seek His glory, and His ways, this year!

Anonymous said...

This was absolutely beautiful! Thank you and Merry Christmas!!

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