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Musings 36, Night Light

January 3, 2018

My friend Mary is disturbed to see the Christmas trees littering the street for pick up before the New Year is here. “My family always left the tree up until after the Feast of the Epiphany on January 7th,” she told me. Sadly, the trees, bought at Home Depot and Target, are dry and falling. “Better to remove them before they ignite,” I mourned, but Christmas is not over. It is with us forever, and we must keep it.

I think of that night star, shining brightly over Bethlehem in joyful anticipation to light the path for the wise men. An editorial published in the WSJ has been reprinted for 69 years, since 1949. Written by Vermont Royster, the essay describes the darkness into which Jesus was born. A despotic ruler had stolen the light from the people. Tiberius Caesar was king of Rome, and the known world was held in bondage until God spoke again in David’s city, and an angel said, “I bring you glad tidings of great joy.”

Writer Royster concluded with Paul’s letter to the Galatians. “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” Paul, having seen the light on the road to Damascus, cautioned the Galatians to remember the sacrifice of Jesus and never give up the light of liberty.

And the star sparkled in the sky over Bethlehem like a jewel in the night. It is a symbol of God’s greatest gift, and it is real.

(Galatians 5: 1) Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ as made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

(Galatians 5: 25, 26) If we live in the spirit, let us also walk in the spirit. Let us not desire glory, provoke one another or envy one another.

( Matthew 3: summary) And the wise men were summoned to Herod the King, and he told them to return when they had found the child. They found the baby, knelt down and worshiped him, but were told in a dream to avoid Herod and return to their lands by a different way.




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