FROM THE PULPIT: Preparing for Christmas

Published: Friday, December 14, 2012 at 02:57 PM.

Today, we prepare for vacations in a similar way.

These men needed to plan a trip. They decided how many would go, provisions needed, gifts to take as tribute, best routes, and their destination.

Preparation sometimes took two years. AAA couldn’t tell them what interstates and highways to take. They received no recommendations for restaurants or hotels. Servants may have handled these duties.

Today, we get in the car and go. We stop at a motel, spend the night and continue the journey the next day.

However, ancient people planned for hardships, rested several days before continuing onward, and sometimes bought more animals during the journey because of sickness or injury.

Then the big day came when they started the journey.

There is no known diary for the Magi, but I imagine they experienced sandstorms, desert heat, robbers and thieves. They probably couldn’t find water, encountered path hazards and lost servants.

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