Wish Upon A Star

Friday, December 9, 2022
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Matthew 2:10 – When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. (ESV)

A childhood memory that has left a permanent imprint on my heart is my father and mother pulling me in my wooden sled through the town streets to purchase our yearly Christmas tree from the downtown Boy Scout lot. As I peered out from under my plaid wool blanket, the snowbanks beside me loomed like mountains, and far above them, the starry sky would cast curious snow shadows all around. On those unforgettable trips, we would search for the biggest star and make a wish together. I am embarrassed to admit that, at such a tender age, my wish was not for world peace, but for a farm set. Alas, under our tree, there was usually a Barbie doll. I never gave up hope, however!

Children wish upon stars and dream of a knight in shining armour, but during this relentless worldwide pandemic, surrounded by chaos and discussions of war and the newest variant of COVID-19, our families struggle to dare to dream of finding hope. Still, night after night, God's stars faithfully shine, and He provides us sure and certain hope of eternal glory in Christ.

Romans 5:5 – And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love. (NLT)

The Christmas star still shines like a beacon from the past, reminding us that we, like the wise men, have good reason to put our trust in God's promises. We can believe the miracle of Christ's birth: "The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means 'God is with us.'" (Matthew 1:23 NLT). The birth of Jesus of Nazareth fulfilled over 300 prophecies — the most convincing validation for the inspiration of the Bible. We have a true knight in shining armour Who came to defeat evil and save us.

Thirty years later, as Jesus hung on the cross, He promised all humanity that whoever repents and asks Him to be their Saviour will be with Him in paradise.

The beauty of Christmas is that those who wish on the star of Bethlehem and trust in Jesus' promise of paradise will abide in peace. They understand that the events impacting our lives today were foretold 3,000 years ago in the Old Testament.

Thankfully, we can believe there will be a happy ending no matter what the world throws our way. For God's love inspired the story of salvation, and He has never broken a promise. So, wish upon the star — Bethlehem — and dream of a knight in shining armour – Jesus — and happy endings — the Promised Land.

Revelation 22:16 – I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you about these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star. (ESV)

Prayer: Lord Jesus, Master of both the light and the darkness, send Your Holy Spirit upon our preparations for Christmas. We whose hearts are heavy seek the joy of Your presence. We are Your people, walking in darkness, yet seeking the light. To You, we say, "Come, Lord Jesus!" Amen. – Henri Nouwen

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Lois Macdonald <loismacs5@gmail.com>
Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Amen Lois!

    Thank-you Lois.

    Beautiful! Have a blessed Christmas!

    Thanks for the inspirational word, Lois.

    Thank you, Lois, for this hope-filled message.

    Was very inspirational! It filled me with Hope in our trying world.

    Thank you for sharing this devotional reminder God all of us today!

    Perfect prayer for my day as I travel to be at my son’s bedside for his final moments.
    Bless you,

    Lovely and so timely as always. Thank you, my friend, for sharing.
    May the Lord richly bless you and your family this joyous time of celebration of our Precious Savior’s birth.

    Lois – do you have your farm set yet, or did you substitute the real thing? Thanks for these “blasts from the past” that resonate strongly with your readers.
    Advent blessings.

    Thank you, Lois, for another of your interesting and very special writings. Loved reading about your childhood memories and your reflection about the stars. Today’s world sure does require more spreading of the love that Jesus taught. Blessings as you continue to submit your devotional writings.

    Dear Lois,
    Thank you for your memories and thoughts today! A peek into your childhood triggers good memories from mine – a pleasant reminder of many blessings. And how good it always is to hear again “the old, old story”. Can’t get enough of it.
    May your words encourage all who read them.
    Blessings, and Merry Christmas, to you.

    Hi Lois,
    Thank you for your devotional today. I receive these every day in my inbox at the church I work at and often, when I think “Yes, this resonates with me”, I look down and it is your name at the bottom. In these trying times, this one spoke to me in particular. Thank you for providing such a thoughtful and timely devotional.
    I wish you blessings and peace that this time of the year!

    Hello Lois
    Thank you, this was beautiful and wishing is still going on today. I remember when I was 12, I wished and only asked for a baby brother for Christmas, no toys, nothing else but a baby brother. My mom was heavy enough that only dad knew so on the 23 she left for the hospital, when I asked where she was going, she said to get my Christmas present. At 2 a.m. a sweet baby boy was born. Amazing how innocent we all were back then, my goodness!
    God is faithful and He knows what we need when we need it.
    Merry Christmas Lois.

    Good morning, Lois,
    I very much enjoyed your story of getting your Christmas tree and wishing up a star. I think we all wish upon a star at some point in our lives. I remember the snowbanks being so high when I was young and walking to school that I could not see over them.
    The Star is a good reminder that Jesus came to be the light of our world.
    Thank you for shining your light on us by sharing your thoughts in this devotional.
    Merry Christmas and my you and your family be blessed with peace, hope, joy, and love. Blessings.

    Thank you for your inspiring post, Lois! May the Christmas Season bring you and your family lots of peace, love, joy, and hope and all the best in 2023!

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