Shine

2019 Advent Devotional – Day 19

Shine

Matthew 2:9aThe wise men followed the star

When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising.


Shine - Walton United Church, Oakville, Ontario

Herod instructed the wise men to search and strive to find the baby Jesus; however, God’s way required considerably less exertion. When they left Herod’s palace, the star was waiting for them to lead them to their destination. And as they travelled from Jerusalem to Bethlehem, the impetus and inspiration for their journey sustained them through the final stages. The direction was clear, shining into the night ahead of them.

Perhaps it is understandable to be somewhat jealous of the clarity and simplicity of the wise men’s mission, as we perhaps question our lives and where we are headed. But their singular purpose did not mean their journey was without danger or risk; only that they let themselves be led by a clear and true ‘north star.’ 

We are misleading ourselves if we try to pretend that this ‘north star’ does not shine for us also. God’s word is the beacon for our lives, guiding us and showing us how to live; strengthening and encouraging us when we journey through dark places; bringing us safely to salvation.


Radiant God,
Your love shines for me, bringing comfort and courage to my darkest days, and dazzling with glory in times of joy and delight. Whenever I am lost, your light shines out to lead me back to you. Whenever I would hide in shame, your light shines into the corners of my heart, reassuring me with your mercy and blessing me with your grace. Your love is the light that will not go out. Hallelujah! Amen.

Thank you for joining us on this prayerful path through Advent.
Blessings and best wishes for 2020.

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