“The wakeful shepherd beholds the first faint morning beams, ere cometh the full radiance of a risen day. So shone the pale star to the prophet-shepherds…” (Science and Health, page vii)
The morning beams awakened those shepherds of old to more than just another day. They were being called forth, impelled toward a new vision of life that would change the world.
The star that led them to the birthplace of Jesus was not simply a physical glow in the night sky. It was God’s encouraging, guiding light within them that responded to the invitation to something healing and saving. I think those shepherds understood so well how sheep obey a loving master and are taken care of, and so they were most humbly ready to be guided forward themselves, with expectancy and hope.
On this Christmas Eve, let’s take a pause to feel that sweet anticipation, that promise of a new and radiant day, that the Christ brings to us. Let’s honor the silent but glimmering star of Truth that continues to call us into the saving grace that Jesus demonstrated. Let’s remember that we are just like those shepherds—ready to be led and also eager to follow, to walk humbly in the promise of Love’s freeing, eternal, and powerful Life.
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