12 Days Until Christmas

I wonder what your tree topper is. It may seem like a silly thought, but work with me here. Is it an angel, watching over the holiday festivities? Do you have bows tied to the top with ribbons cascading down? Perhaps there are flowers or wreaths or bears or birds.
But more often than not, there is a star. It may twinkle. It may change colors. But it send out that warm glow over the whole tree, lighting up the balls and garland below.

The very basic reason for the star is the remembrance of how the visitors found the Christ child that precious, special night.

When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. Matthew 2:9

That bright directional beacon led the wise men straight to the manger and right to the answer to their prayers. The moment of salvation was here and the star directed the way. Whether we're experts in charting the stars or not, we can still follow the light to the Savior of the world. He is not hidden in some far away place. He is bathed in light with a bright, twinkling star showing us which way to go.

Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. John 8:12

Imagine a dark, plain Christmas tree - no strands of lights and no star on top. What a depressing holiday that would be. No hope, no joy and no light in the darkness. That's our world without Christ. He is the light shining where there is no light, a perfect and luminescent beacon bringing us to His side.

Forget the darkness and the sorrow found within it. Forget the long nights of staggering and stumbling in the dark. Jesus Christ, the light of the world, came that night in Bethlehem with the star above Him for all to see. We follow that star because it leads to life, to love and to fellowship with our Savior. The world would be forever changed thanks to the light He brought with Him.

Are you rejoicing in the light this Advent season, or is the star on top of your tree the only twinkles you will see? Draw close to the light of the world today and bring your whole family with you. There is so much darkness in this world, but following Jesus will illuminate our way. Rejoice in the light!

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