The Guiding Star

Matthew 2 New International Version – UK

The Magi visit the Messiah

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi[a] from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, ‘Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.’

When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. ‘In Bethlehem in Judea,’ they replied, ‘for this is what the prophet has written:

‘“But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
    are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for out of you will come a ruler
    who will shepherd my people Israel.”[b]

Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, ‘Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.’

After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 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. 12 And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.

  1. As with gladness men of old
    Did the guiding star behold,
    As with joy they hailed its light,
    Leading onward, beaming bright;
    So, most gracious Lord, may we
    Evermore be led to Thee.
  2. As with joyful steps they sped
    To that lowly manger bed,
    There to bend the knee before
    Him whom heav’n and earth adore;
    So may we, with willing feet,
    Ever seek Thy mercy seat.
  3. As they offered gifts most rare
    At that manger rude and bare;
    So may we with holy joy,
    Pure and free from sin’s alloy,
    All our costliest treasures bring,
    Christ, to Thee, our heav’nly King.
  4. Holy Jesus, every day
    Keep us in the narrow way;
    And, when earthly things are past,
    Bring our ransomed souls at last
    Where they need no star to guide,
    Where no clouds Thy glory hide.

Last night I was out Carolling with my local Salvation Army Band & Songsters. It was when we were asked to sing the above carol that I made the connection with ‘The Mercy Seat’(for those of you who do not know about The Salvation Army it has what is basically a piece of wood which acts as a place of prayer).

I also began to realise as I got into the next two verses that I suppose you could call this a prayer at Christmas time or anytime really.

Note: I aim to bring you Christmas blog on 25th December! Merry Christmas

God Bless!

Advance Health Care Directives and Living Wills

Epilepsy Talk

Most people don’t want to think about death and dying — so they don’t. Until they have to.

Advance directives are important tools for anyone to have, because even the healthiest person could experience a sudden accident and not be able to speak for herself.

But when you have a life-threatening illness, it’s particularly critical to make clear, in writing, what your wishes are, should the time come when you can’t express them yourself.

Living wills and other advance directives are written legal instructions, regarding your preferences for medical care if you are unable to make decisions for yourself.

Advance directives guide choices for doctors and caregivers if you’re terminally ill, seriously injured, in a coma, in the late stages of dementia or near the end of life.

By planning ahead, you can get the medical care you want, avoid unnecessary suffering and relieve caregivers of decision-making burdens during moments…

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Blogmas Day 22🎄⛪🎄

Luminous Destiny

Today’s post isn’t going to be about anything specific 🙂 ❤️ I’d like to share a little this, that, dash of riddles, and whole lot of love.

🤪 5 Christmas Riddles 🌟

1. Counting down to Christmas with me can’t be beat, behind every door there lies a tasty treat. What am I?

A…………..

2. When Santa Claus sets off from the North Pole on Christmas Eve, in which direction does he travel?

A…………..

3. What do you have in December that you don’t have in any other month?

A…………..

4. Why are Christmas trees bad at knitting?

A…………..

5. Why is Rudolph so good at answering trivia questions?

A……………

Christmas Websites 😀

1. Track Santa’s travel’s on Christmas Eve, here 🙂

2. Here you can email Santa 🙂

3. This site brings Christmas cheer at the adult level.

4. Many cute videos of Santa & his reindeer are here!

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Wednesday’s Wisdom

Luminous Destiny

Createdby Me!

You don’t have time trying to explain yourself to people who

  • Don’t care
  • Won’t listen
  • Choose not to hear you
  • Don’t want to hear you
  • Don’t want to acknowledge truth
  • Won’t change their mind
  • Choose to be ignorant
  • Thrive off of drama
  • Can’t understand your level of maturity

It is not your job to save, beg, or convince people of anything. Their chapter is different than yours. They have to arrive at their point in life where experience makes such things relevant.

Stay Safe, Speak Life, Live Your Life, and Spread Kindness!

Nova Namastè

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