"Bethlehem Scene" by Jonathan Murro
“For we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him” (St. Matthew 2:2).
Each Christmas the cycle renews. It is a gift of God that we turn our hearts and hopes once again to Bethlehem, to the manger, the dear parents, and to the star leading us to the Christ Child. All the symbols, sounds, and remembrance are stirred. We prepare our gifts, our hearts – desiring to protect Him, realize Him, and serve Him with fulness and joy.
We are all connected to the Star. Each Christmas some will rise anew with recognition. Some will grasp a greater portion of the wonder that is Christmas. Some will be transformed. Ann Ree tells us that on the day of Jesus’ birth, “the world began again” – and so it is to some degree with every passing year.