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Jan 14, Matthew 2: 1-12, by Gina

Summary: In today’s passage, we read about the long journey of the Magi from the east, who talked to King Herod and the chief priests and teachers about the Messiah that they were supposed to be on the lookout for.

Focus Verse: 11 – "On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshipped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh."

Reflection: "What is God saying to you through this verse?"

The Magi are from a far place and are not Jewish, yet we see that they are committed to God and God is committed to them. They are overjoyed when they see the star. They meet the child and Mary and then bow down and worship him – that must have been an overwhelming experience. They bring him treasures and gifts. The Magi are skilled and have resources as they know about astrology and have treasures and the means to make the long journey and even have a meeting with King Herod. They are protected and go back another route after being warned. What a great story and an instructional example of our own journey.

I was born in South Korea and immigrated to Michigan while in high school. It was a long journey and there have been many challenges and I have met some interesting people. We are blessed to be able to worship freely in this country and have in-person and online/virtual worship services. Let us remember the Magi’s example and be skilled and equipped to make a journey to worship and bring gifts to others. Those gifts may not be gold or myrrh but we have our own talents and gifts and can offer help and support and time. Like the Magi, while making the journey we will also be guided and protected by the Lord.

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father. Thank you for sending your son, Jesus Christ for all of us. As Christmas has passed recently, please let us keep that spark and joy and continually worship and be ready for blessed journeys in our walk of faith with You. In Your name, amen.

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