. . . And lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.
Gifts and Change
From Daily Guideposts, 1985
by Fred Bauer
The Wise Men, having laid their gifts before the Christ Child, returned home. But not by the same route. According to St. Matthew, "Being warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country by another way."
Whatever road they took to Bethlehem, one thing is for sure: they would have journeyed home a different way. That is because no one ever travels the same path after coming to Jesus.
Once we have found Bethlehem, bowed down before the Master and surrendered our lives in service to Him, He tops our offering with an incomparable gift of His own. The Wise Men brought Him the world's riches--gold, frankincense and myrrh. He gave them in exchange something priceless: a vision of life more abundant--one which they could claim that very day. He will do the same for you and me right now.