Mary and Joseph had found a place to sleep–maybe a stable–in Bethlehem. And Jesus was born. In that time, at that place, Jesus, who was God, became a baby. Nothing like this had ever happened in the world before and nothing like this would ever happen again. It was the most amazing thing that has ever happened. Have you ever seen a tiny newborn baby? Babies are born every day. But the baby Jesus was very special. He was God. To show how important Jesus’ birth was, God put a new and unusual star in the sky over the place where he was born. The star was shining out to announce to the whole earth that Jesus had come. Have you noticed that we decorate with stars at Christmastime? Many families put a star on the top of their Christmas tree. When we see the stars, it reminds us of the special night when Jesus was born.
Dear God, we thank you for the many ways, like the star, that you have shown how special the birth of Jesus was. Help us to have hearts and minds that are ready to think about Jesus when we see all of the decorations of Christmas. Amen.
Bible Readings: Matthew 2:1-12; John 3:16-21