O Star of wonder, star of night
Star with royal beauty bright
Westward leading, still proceeding
Guide us to thy Perfect Light
“We Three Kings of Orient Are” by Rev. John Henry Hopkins
When they had heard the king, they departed; and lo, the star which they saw in the East went before them until it came and stood over where the young Child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto Him gifts: gold and frankincense and myrrh.
Matthew 2:9-11 (21st Century King James Version)
Dear Father/Mother God,
You, the Star who guided the wise men to the Christ, please guide us today to the Christ in the midst of a noisy and confused world.
As the wise men opened their treasures and presented precious gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh, let us open up our treasures-our hearts-and give the precious gifts of ourselves to You. And open to You, we can avail ourselves to You; like the wise men who worshiped the Christ.
Guide us, O Star, to that Perfect Light; the Light we saw in Jesus when we beheld Him on Earth. That Light that casts away the darkness that grips our age: racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, militancy, environmental degradation, greed, abuse of power, violence, and meanness. That Light that illumines our minds to become like the Christ and see You fully and clearly as You guide us.
And when we see the Perfect Light in Christ, we shall be changed and be like Christ. And being changed, like the wise men, we can rejoice with “exceeding great joy”-now and forevermore.
In Your Name, Amen.