Dixie Darr

My Literary Advent Calendar, Day Twenty-Two

In Uncategorized on December 18, 2016 at 6:19 pm


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Sunday, December 18, 2016

The Other Wise Man

The Story of the Other Wise Man by Henry Van Dyke ranks with The Gift of the Magi on my list of best ever Christmas stories. Arbatan was the fourth wise man who sets out to meet the other three to follow the star to Bethlehem to meet the baby king and present him with three precious jewels. Along the way he meets challenge after challenge, and each time he sacrifices his goal and his possessions to help another human being.

At Bethlehem, he misses the other wise men and the baby Jesus by a few days, but perseveres following Joseph and Mary and Jesus to Egypt. After decades of disappointment, he ends up back in Jerusalem on the day Jesus is to be crucified. He has one jewel left and determines to use it to ransom the King of the Jews.

There, too, he meets someone who desperately needs his help. He gives her the pearl, lamenting that he will not be able to save Jesus. Feeling like a failure and ready to die, he hears a voice that says, “Verily I say unto thee, inasmuch as thou has done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, thou has done it unto me.”

His journey was ended. His treasures were accepted. The Other Wise Man had found the king.”

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