The star still shines

By Bill Shepard

“When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy!” – Matthew 2:10 JKV

More than 2,000 years later, the star that shone over Bethlehem still shines, and people still rejoice with great joy!

Over the region where the star first appeared, dark war clouds overshadow the land, while here in America, voices are being heard in protest to the word Christmas.

Thank God, the star still shines just as it did on that wintry night centuries ago.

It shines in spite of the skeptics and warmongers; it shines in spite of those who would snuff it out.

It shines to lighten the path that leads to peace on Earth and goodwill to all mankind.

Yes, it shines, and as long as there is a sky above us, the star will continue to shine.

Wise men shall see it and follow it and embrace it, and in the end it will lead to peace on Earth!

Only God can make a star, and only God can blot it out!

Evil men, since the days of Herod, have tried to erase God’s star and all that it stands for, but all their evil schemes have failed and they shall continue to do so.

Men through the ages have mocked Christmas and crucified afresh the One for which it stands, but the Star of Bethlehem still shines!

Men may laugh at it, sneer at it, deny it, but it will be shining long after their efforts have ceased.

On this Christmas night, the star will shine over a darkened world, and a million children and old folk alike will gaze upon its light and rejoice.

Over a million housetops and a thousand dark streets, in villages, towns and hamlets, the star will shine.

Its light will be reflected in the eyes of little children, and its hope will still the fears in the hearts of the aged and lonely.

Let us all join with the songwriter R. Fisher Boyce, and sing: “Beautiful Star of Bethlehem,” shine on and on and on!

Beautiful Star of Bethlehem
Shining afar through shadows dim
Giving the light to those who long have gone
Guiding the Wise Men on their way
Unto the place where Jesus lay,
Beautiful Star of Bethlehem, shine on

Oh Beautiful Star (Beautiful, Beautiful Star)
Of Bethlehem (Star of Bethlehem)
Shine upon us until glory dawns
Give us the light to light the way
Unto the land of perfect day
Beautiful Star of Bethlehem, shine on

Beautiful Star the hope of light
Guiding the pilgrims though the night
Over the mountains till the break of dawn
Into the light of perfect day
It will give out a perfect ray
Beautiful Star of Bethlehem shine on

Now, when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the days of Herod the King, behold there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He that is born king of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the east, and we are come to worship Him.”

Author: Rachel Howell

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