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There are plentiful gifts for the journey;

O God, help us to receive each one with an open heart.

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Listen

Then Herod secretly called for the magi and found out from them the time when the star had first appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search carefully for the child. When you’ve found him, report to me so that I too may go and honor him.” When they heard the king, they went; and look, the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stood over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were filled with joy.

Matthew 2:7-10

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Think

In your imagination return to Christmas morning of this year or maybe a year past. Consider the anticipation that led up to the day. Like the Magi preparing to follow the star, you spent time in a season of expectation. You looked for the signs of Christ’s coming.

Remember the joy that filled your heart as you witnessed an exchange of gifts among those who were gathered. One of the beautiful things about this time of giving is the desire to share our feeling of joy with others. When we receive a gift that speaks to our heart we are filled with happiness and gratitude. Then, we feel compelled to pass along the feelings of good will to others.

As you remember and hold onto the joy that Christ brings, consider how you might spread this love in the lives of others.

Samantha Haycock

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Pray

Joyous God, fill my heart with gratitude: You are our example in giving freely to others. Show me the beauty of passing along the love that you have given to the world, through your beloved child Jesus Christ. Amen.

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Go

You are a spark.

You are love.

You are a shining star.

You are a gift God has given to the world.

Samantha Haycock

Samantha Haycock is the lay chaplain with St. Martin’s Episcopal Center at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. She loves spreading the good news of God’s love for all people by living out her baptismal call.

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