Scripture Reading: Matthew 2:1-8

 “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him. ”

Wise men

Herod the Great, already christened himself as “king of the jews” questioned by this traveling entourage, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews”? Herod appears to keep his cool, even though feeling threatened according to the gospel of Matthew. He had a long history of being a mastermind of manipulation; a man that had members of his own family murdered; a man of Arabic descent sitting upon a Jewish throne. He had worked very hard for the approval of others; completely rebuilt the 2nd Jewish temple; at times suffered with mental anguish, even at one point attempted suicide.

As I contemplate the life and doings of this king, I’m left with thoughts of sadness. How sad it must be to constantly seek the approval of others. And then my mind wanders to those in my life that struggle with heartaches of their own; estranged families especially at Christmas time , loss of normalcy in a fallen world. Today I lift up prayers to these individuals, people that may have a relationship with Christ, but still wander this world with disillusionment, those that have not given their lives over fully to the Lord. The Lord is calling you to worship, just as the wise men were called. We are called to act, set forth on your own journey and find ways to worship. Through worship the creator of this earth will give you peace, peace that transcends all understanding. Who in your life needs you to lift them up in prayers this Christmas?