Opening Prayer. Lord, please overcome my heart with your Spirit and override my will and fears, so that I may walk wisely in your ways. Amen.
Scripture. Matthew 2:1-8.
1In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, 2 asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.” 3 When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; 4 and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiahwas to be born. 5 They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet:
6 ‘And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for from you shall come a ruler
who is to shepherd my people Israel.’”
7 Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. 8 Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.”
The Wise Mom. From Cathy Pinske
Five years ago I drew the wise man figurine from the basket and my heart sank. This was not me—not this season while seeking to resolve health issues for a family member. I was tired of the daily reminders and challenges of this three-year long story without any resolution looming on the horizon or a star to point us in the right direction.
Dutifully, I brought the figurine to the office to reside by my computer. Somehow, I was comforted by his bended-knee posture with one hand on his heart and the other stretched out to the newborn king. I eventually realized that I do have some experience, knowledge, and good judgment like a wise man; but at that time my heart was not willing to let go and trust yet another path. The wise men relied on the star to guide them to the King. How fortunate I am to not only have scriptures at my fingertips, but rainbows as a reminder of His promises that He will not forsake me or you. Embracing the “wise mom” I really am and supporting another on their chosen path, I am trusting that we are moving forward.
Questions for Consideration.
Closing Prayer. God, Help me to discern my path and where I can be a better support for others this season who may need a glimpse of your rainbows. Amen.