The wise men traveled from afar baring gifts. Because of the three gifts that were given to the Christ child we assume that there were three wise men. That fact won't even be on the children's radar. They are interested in the gifts that the magi (wise men) brought to baby Jesus. Gold, frankincense and myrrh. What a magical way to present this story!
This story is found in three of the Gospels and in both Godly Play and Young Children and Worship books.
The Bethlehem star that the magi followed became a little more popular in 2020. On the eve of the winter solstice (12/21/2020) two planets aligned to become a planetary conjunction. Historical astronomers believe that as two planets converged they were most likely responsible for the light that the magi followed to the Christ child’s birth. This conjunction only happens every 400 years and was last seen 800 years ago!
The star, the light of hope, the candle for Christ’s birth! What an amazing light to celebrate especially in 2020. A meme posted on social media said that “After of 40 days of rain God showed Noah a rainbow. At the end of 2020 God shows us the Star of Bethlehem!” The sweetest part of this is if you are a Christian, one gift that never leaves you is the gift of HOPE that began at that manger over 2000 years ago.
We are offering our families this Sunday School lesson on the star, the magi, their camels and HOPE! Please enjoy these crafts as you hold on to the HOPE that came with the star that the magi followed to the birth of the Christ child. Let us carry this light of HOPE into 2021!