My name is Sami, and I have had the most interesting experience of my life. I am the servant of King Gaspar, the Mage. You may know of him as one of the Three Kings.
One night, there was a stir of excitement among the learned men. When Gaspar finally came back from the observation point, his face held the most incredulous of expressions. A new star had appeared, he told me. Not only that, but it was unlike all the other stars, it was slowly moving.
The next day, the Magi selected my master and two others to follow the star. They had come to the conclusion that it was a portent of something, and it ha to be investigated.
Aside from the usual items needed for an adventure of this sort, they took along gifts. It was thought that they were looking for a King that had been born, probably on the day the star appeared.
Traveling is never easy. Not only did we have to worry about wild animals, there was also the problem of bandits. For that reason, we also took along some soldiers. They would keep us safe.
We reached Jerusalem several weeks later, and my master and the other two Magi were granted an audience with King Herod, the current king of the Jews. Hero had the scribes tell of the prophecies about the Son that would be born of King David’s line.
The birth would take place a few miles down the road, in a tiny hamlet called Bethlehem. As the Magi left, Herod asked that they return and tell him where the Child was, so that he might also go and worship Him.
Once again, we followed the star. It moved and stood over a tiny house in the hamlet. You should have seen the looks the people of the town gave us. They were also surprised when the Magi knocked on the door of the house.
A young woman opened the door a crack and asked Gaspar what we wanted. “We have come to worship the King,” he told her. “We have followed His star for weeks.”
The woman was somewhat skeptical, but she called her husband. The man, Joseph agreed to let the Magi come in and see the Baby. Mary, the mother, held Him, and the Magi went down on their knees and paid Him homage. That was something of a surprise. Usually it worked the other way around.
Gaspar looked over his shoulder and nodded at me. With the other servants, we brought the gifts to the small family, and they were obviously stunned. Gold, frankincense and myrrh were very precious, and these people were very poor.
After they were finished worshiping the Child we took our leave. I was somewhat surprised, as we did not head back to Jerusalem as Herod had asked. Gaspar told me that they had seen a vision in their sleep, warning them not to go to Herod and giving them a different route home.
It will be interesting to see what this Child will do. My master is confident He will be great and that the whole world will know of Him one day. We will be watching and listening to find out why.