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Luke 2:1-14 (Pt. 3)  Thought/Prayer: “Star of the East.”  Topics:  2 at end.

The Birth of Jesus
And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
The Shepherds and Angels
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, see, the angel of the Lord came on them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said to them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign to you; You shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”  (AKJV)  (Read this scripture and more at

A very descriptive older song for Christmas is, “Star of the East.”  It is in public domain,having come from the late 1800’s.  (Words: Stern über Bethleh’m,  Alfred Hans Zoller. Translation by George Cooper, 1890.  Melody: “Star of the Sea” Amanda Kennedy, 1883.)

1. Star of the East, oh Bethlehem’s star,
Guiding us on to heaven afar
Sorrow and grief and lull’d by the light
Thou hope of each mortal, in death’s lonely night

2. Star of the East, thou hope of the soul
While round us here the dark billows roll
Lead us from sin to glory afar
Thou star of the East, thou sweet Bethlehem’s star

3. Star of the East, oh Bethlehem’s star,
What tho’ the storms of riot gather loud
Faithful and pure thy rays beam to save
And bright o’er the grave

4. Smile of a Saviour are mirror’d in Thee
Glimpses of Heav’n in thy light we see
Guide us still onward to that blessed shore
After earth toil is o’er

5. Star of the East, thou hope of the soul
Oh star that leads to God above
Whose rays are peace and joy and love
Watch o’er us still till life hath ceased
Beam on, bright star, sweet Bethlehem star.

The Christian belief in this song focuses on hope in dark times.  Sorrow and grief are “lull’d by the light” – and the hope of every mortal in “death’s lonely night.” Perhaps this song was written in some difficult, dark times.

The second verse speaks of how the Star brings hope – that of the soul – while dark billows of life roll.  From sin to glory is the message that shines out of the star.  Then in the third verse, storms of life are mentioned, but the star’s light shines of saving light, “o’er the grave.”

The fourth verse speaks directly of the Savior, Jesus Christ and the light that is in Him.  He is the One who guides us eventually to Heaven.  In the fifth verse we see how the star the wise men followed leads us to the hope of the soul, the Messiah Jesus.  We find peace, joy and love.

And the Chorus:
Fearless and tranquil, we look up to Thee
Knowing thou beam’st through eternity
Help us to follow where Thou still dost guide
Pilgrims of earth so wise

We “pilgrims” on Earth do not fear and have peace, knowing that the star and its Savior will beam through all eternity.

The song represents the trials and darkness of life but directs us to the hope of the soul and heaven and eternity.  The rhythm is that of a waltz and is soothing, carrying the lyrics right along.

Lord, we thank You for giving us songs that encapsulate the belief we have in You.  In many ways, as we stand for created LIFE, may we shine out light . . . Your light . . . just as did the Bethlehem Star.

Topics:  Pray for those who need Jesus’ light in their lives to guide them into good decisions for LIFE.
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Posted by Gail Richardson on 12/21 at 05:50 PM
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