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Star Gazing

O Come Let Us Adore Him

 “When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.” Matthew 2:10-11

Astronomy has never been one of my favorite subjects. Sure I know the names of our planets, thanks to the memorization tool I learned in grade school: my very energetic mother just served us nine pizzas (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto, before it was exiled by scientists.) I never had any interest in learning about stars, constellations or anything else in “space” and I will admit I was always confused being able to tell the difference between stars and airplanes.

What joy I felt when someone helped me identify the North Star. I thought I had just seen the best thing to ever happen to me. Every night for the next couple of weeks I went outside in hopes of finding and sewing the North Star and the Milky Way. On the nights I was confident in what I saw it gave me great joy to identify and take pleasure in one of God’s great and mysterious creations.

I can say I also had the same experience growing up in church. Even though I went to church every week and participated in various church activities throughout the week, I did not have much interest in finding the true reason I was there outside of it being mandatory in my family full of preachers and pastors. It was not until I was twenty-seven did I begin seeking out God for personal reasons. What great joy I found when I did indeed find Christ!

People attend church for many reasons but there is a point when everyone must find their own individual desire and cause to worship. In our tradition of corporate worship we each have an opportunity of an individual experience to rejoice, fall down, worship, open our treasures and present our gifts.

Even as the wise men traveled together, and rejoiced together in exceeding joy I imagine once the entered the house and saw this young child with Mary his mother, as they fell down into worship they each had a different desire and expectation to come and adore Christ, the Lord.

I encourage you during this corporate season of Advent to have an individual experience of worship. Seek and find the star in your heart, rejoice with exceeding great joy, open the treasures of your heart, present your gifts, enter the house and adore the true reason for the season.

LaNicia Williams
Changed Living Ministries
www.changedlivingministries.org



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