Phil’s Points to Ponder for January 1, 2017

I have truly enjoyed the music of Advent and Christmas; the songs we have shared in worship, the songs I have listened to on the radio, and the songs I have shared with you on Facebook. Some were traditional, while others were more contemporary. Most Christmas carols are either fun, boisterous, and bouncy, or they are sentimental and sweet.

      “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” and “Deck the Halls” fit the fun, boisterous and bouncy theme. “Away in a Manger,” and “Silent Night” fit into the sweet and sentimental category.

      But there is one well known carol that defies all categories: “We Three Kings of Orient Are.” This song is cast in a minor key and its message is not very perky. It sounds different from all the other Christmas music. And if you really listen to the words, some of them are downright depressing. The carol tells of the journey and mission of the “magi.” We will celebrate their star-led journey this Sunday, and consider what these “Wise Men” have to teach us today. The scripture text will be Matthew 2:1-12.

      Perhaps it is because these men were so different from the rest of the Christmas crowd that this carol strikes such an unusual chord. These Wise Men, who are sometimes called Kings or Magi, apparently had a consuming interest in seeing a tiny new born child, a helpless, powerless infant, a mere baby recently born into a peasant family in the far away land of Judea. They came to the place where Jesus lay, they worshipped Him, and they went home by a different way.


This Sunday as we come together, may our worship bring us into such life-changing touch with our Lord, that we too will go forth by a different way – with lighter hearts, greater joy, deepened hope, and a strengthened faith.

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  1. Lotta

    HHIS I should have thought of that!

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