Daily Advent Devotions from Church Street UMC

Saturday, December 17

By Nancy Christmas

Shining Under Bethlehem’s Star

Read: Psalm 16:11 NKJV

“You will show me the path of life. In your presence is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”

A few years ago before Christmas, our church members received a purple “Joy” star with a Bible verse from Psalm 16:11, along with a personal note card entitled “Joy” from Rev. Catherine. My husband and I still have those two items on our refrigerator to read when we are in the kitchen. 

That brings to mind, what would it have been like to have been among the “wise ones” who were led by this bright star to travel to Bethlehem? Who would have known that this glowing star would guide these travelers to their destination, where they found Baby Jesus cradled under the Bethlehem Star? There, the heavenly host proclaimed the sweetest of all good and great gifts as planned by our Father above.

Along with the gift of Jesus, God also brought peace, hope, joy, goodwill and light, and a Love that will last forever, thanks to the shining star of Bethlehem. With our renewed faith, we welcome Christmas and every day with hope for all. God’s greatest gift to us is His only begotten Son, who is the light of Eternity. This light is forever strong and will be the guide that is always there to open our lives to God’s presence every day. 

Joy and love are in my heart. Thanks be to God!


Our Father in heaven above, as we pray with joyful hearts, we thank thee for your gift of love. Amen.

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