Thursday Thoughts  

Readings this week:
Isaiah 60:1-6
Ephesians 3:1-12
Matthew 2:1-12

Question:  What is your longest trip?  Answers included Hawaii, Europe, Drives with young children, Israel & Iowa!

We had an opportunity to hold and smell frankincense (thank you Trappists in Ava, MO) and smell frankincense and myrrh.

We spent a great deal of time talking about the stories of the Magi, what is tradition, what is legend, what can we find in the Bible?

We were left with some questions:  What happened to Joseph?  Did the magi start out together?  What is the difference between Astronomer and Astrologer?  How far did they travel to Bethlehem and to Egypt and back?

Takeaway learnings: 
They present ROYAL gifts to Jesus.
The World is taking notice of what is happening.
Jesus' Birth is a Big Deal!

Next week's readings:
Isaiah 42:1-9
Acts 10:34-43
Matthew 3:13-17
Baptism of the Lord

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