The Rest of the Story

Jesus is born. Now what? Today it’s time for the rest of the story.

There were these men, some say they were wisemen. They followed Bethlehem’s star all the way to the manger. There they presented gifts, and worshipped at the feet of the newborn King.

On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Matthew 2:11 NRSV

Their wonderful act of devotion inspired William Dix to write As With Gladness Men of Old. You can use the words of that great hymn as a prayer for today:

As with gladness, men of old
Did the guiding star behold
As with joy they hailed its light
Leading onward, beaming bright
So, most glorious Lord, may we
Evermore be led to Thee.

As with joyful steps they sped
To that lowly manger bed
There to bend the knee before
Him whom Heaven and earth adore;
So may we with willing feet
Ever seek Thy mercy seat.

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 heavenly King.

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.

In the heavenly country bright,
Need they no created light;
Thou its Light, its Joy, its Crown,
Thou its Sun which goes not down;
There forever may we sing
Alleluias to our King!

File:Gentile da Fabriano Adoration.jpg

Adoration of the Magi by Gentile da Fabriano (1423)

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