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The angels gave Jesus the gift of worship. Anytime we trust an object or activity to give us life and meaning, we worship it. When we make *good* things our *ultimate* things, we set ourselves up for disappointment. To worship replacements for God is to be satisfied, then brokenhearted; infatuated, then discouraged; enthralled, then angry. Worship does to the soul what a spring rain does to a thirsty field. It soaks down, seeps in, and stirs life.
The magi's story is our story. We're all travelers in need of direction. God gives it. The ultimate aim of all God's messages is to shed the light of heaven on Jesus. He uses Scripture, the natural world, and our personal experiences with him to send us signals and messages: *Hope. Life. Love.*
If Jesus was willing to be born in a barnyard, expect him to be at work anywhere. No place is too common. No person is too hardened. No distance is too far. There is no limit to his love. In the manger, God loves us. Through the cross he saves us. And he prepares us for our forever home by *pruni...