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Years ago I read an interview of Arnold Toynbee, the British historian that had been conducted on BBC. The interviewer asked Mr. Toynbee, “Sir, in your study of World History have you noticed one thing that stands out?” Toynbee answered, “Yes, yes I have. I have noticed that when it gets the darkest, the stars come out.”
In life we have a choice between focusing on how dark things are or to start looking for the stars, the heroes, the ones who always come along and shine brightly as with the heroes and heroines of Sandy Hook.
The setting of the Christmas Story is such a time. Rome was busy throwing its dark, oppressive cloud over the known world, with the Empire broke and adding new taxes on all the world. Joseph and Mary were caught in the web of government greed, and you know the rest of the story.
Wise men from the East speaking to a Pompous Pimple, pretending to be King, listening as the travelers asked; “Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.” Matthew 2:2. Herod knew they spoke of Numbers 24:17.
Note; the Magi turned from Herod to Jesus Christ, a young child.
Our hope is not in revoking our Constitution, but in truly embracing the one for whom the Magi searched.
Wise men still follow Him.
Copyright © 2012 Larry Lilly