The "they" in the verse are the "wise men" of course. And the joy that they know is easily imaginable. The search they had been undertaking had been sort of a wild gamble to begin with, and it had gone on and on. They had known doubts and desperation and now their hopes had been met with a resounding yes, in the form of a star and a child, and his mother.
Was it all they hoped for, because it really doesn't seem like all that much? They "paid homage", gave gifts, and left, never to be heard of again in the writings of Matthew. What we do know is they were "overwhelmed with joy". Such joy may not last long, but the moment of it may last for a life time. (It can be relived over and over again.)
Ah, the things we long for, search for, and the times we are "overwhelmed with joy". Sometimes it seems the longing and searching never ends (did the wisemen feel that way too?). Or maybe it all just starts over again. So, there is a need to recall the moments of joy, and to recall them again and again, when the journey seems to go on too long. Remember the things that bring a smile to your face, making the folks around you wonder why you are grinning like a fool. It feels good doesn't it?
The adventure continues indeed, and it is a constant one. What the wisemen were looking for is already ours. Now we can also pay attention to the other joys that come our way, and see them all in the light of that star.
"O God, on this day you revealed your Son to the nations by the leading of a star. Lead us now by faith to know your presence in our lives, and bring us at last to the full vision of your glory, through your son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one god, now and forever. Amen"
Joyous Light Evening worship service tonight 6:30pm
Men's Night @ Old Chicago Pizza Thursday 1/7
"Growing Together" session with John Cross Saturday 1/9 12-2pm
please RSVP to secretarysov [at] gmail [dot] com (lunch will be served)