#MoralStory: The Christmas Star

Isaac’s head began to nod. His hand slowed down scratching the dog’s head. It was hard for a boy of ten to stay awake all night in the field. The dog licked his face. “What? Oh, good boy,” Isaac said. He rubbed his eyes and stretched. The sky was clear and full of stars. Isaac was glad his father thought he was old enough to help with their flocks of sheep.

Isaac’s father and his uncle soon came by to check on him. The three of them sat to share a loaf of bread and some cheese. Suddenly a bright light washed over the shepherds from above. They were scared. They looked up to see a host of beautiful angels. One of the angels spoke to them. “Do not be afraid,” the angel said. “I bring you good news of great joy! Today a savior is born in Bethlehem. He is Christ the Lord. Go to the city. You will find the baby lying in a manger. Follow the brightest star.”

Hundreds of angels appeared and sang praises to God. As suddenly as they appeared, the angels returned to heaven. Only one bright, shining star over Bethlehem was left in the sky. The shepherds were amazed. “We must go to the city and find this savior,” said Isaac’s father. “We must hurry!” said Isaac.

The shepherds began to round up their flocks and herd them toward home. Once the sheep were penned up, Isaac and his father and uncle walked quickly to Bethlehem, where the star was shining down on the stable behind the inn. There they found Mary, Joseph, and the baby in the stable.

Jesus was bundled in clean cloths and sleeping in a feeding manger full of fresh hay. The light from the star shone back from the baby’s face. The shepherds fell to their knees.

Isaac knelt by the manger and said a prayer, thanking God for giving a savior to the world. Isaac’s father thanked Mary and Joseph for letting them see the baby. When the shepherds left, they told everyone they saw about the miracles they witnessed that night.

The star shone over Bethlehem day and night. One night a large caravan made its way past the shepherd’s field. Isaac went to the edge of the field and called out to the men. “Did you see the one they call Jesus?” he asked. “We did!” the men replied.

These men were not like any men Isaac had ever seen. They were the three Wise Men. “We saw the star from our lands very far away. We have traveled a long time to see this child called the Savior. The kings from our countries sent precious gifts to give to him.”

Isaac said to the Wise Men, “You did not come by my fields when you came to Bethlehem.” “You are right,” said the tallest man. “We asked King Herod where to find this savior.” “The king did not know,” continued the man, “but he told us to find out so he might worship him also.”

“We followed the star to the house where young Jesus was staying,” said the shortest man. “We gave our gifts of gold and frankincense, to scent the air, and myrrh, a costly oil.”

“Then we were warned in our dreams by an angel not to return to Herod but to go home another way,” said the oldest man. “So that is what we have done. And now we have met you, my young friend.” “I am Isaac,” said the young shepherd. “I’m telling everyone about God’s glorious star lighting the way to the King of Kings.”

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