Wednesday, January 6, 2010

End of the Christmas Season

We three kings of Orient are
Bearing gifts we traverse afar
Field and fountain, moor and mountain
Following yonder star

O Star of wonder, star of night
Star with royal beauty bright
Westward leading, still proceeding
Guide us to thy Perfect Light

The Epiphany
As a child (I guess as an adult too) this was always one of my favorite Biblical stories, just look at this plot line... seriously... it involves mystery, intrigue, deceit, and a daring escape...

-Three wise men follow a star that they considered indicative of the birth of the King of the Jews and had come to Jerusalem to find the child.
- When king Herod hears of their search, he wanted to know more about this possible competitor. His priests and scribes told him that such a king was to be born in Bethlehem
-Herod now sent for the three wise men and told them to go to Bethlehem and report their findings to him.
- The star guides the three men to Bethlehem where they discover the child in the house the star stood over. The men offered the child their gifts: gold, incense and myrrh. That night, God told them in their dreams to ignore Herod's orders. The next day the Magi departed, avoiding Jerusalem on their way home.
-When Herod learned that the wise men had deceived him, he saw no other option than to have all Bethlehem children under the age of three murdered. Jesus and his parents had already escaped to Egypt: Joseph had been warned by an angel, also in a dream.

A letter was sent home today warning school will most likely be closed tomorrow. Snow is supposed to move in by 9 am with heavier snow coming in the afternoon. Looks like I'm at home with the kiddos, which is a good thing, I still have Christmas trees up and they need to come down.

Stay warm and safe,


J said...

We Three Kings has always been one of my favorite Christmas songs.

We're expecting snow here tomorrow as well. I noticed all the roads "stripped with brine solution" on my ride home today. Snow + NC = not good! I hope it's light (if at all).

marie said...

I love that story too - thank you for sharing it.

Stay warm and cozy tomorrow. after you get the lights down that is!!

: )