“Only when it is dark enough can you see the stars”

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 Words spoken by Martin Luther King Jr., in his “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech, 1968

This quote has a lot of truth and meaning to it, because we as humans have to go through the darkness in order to see the beauty in life. Is there anything more beautiful than a star-filled night sky or the beauty of the aurora borealis (northern lights)?

According to Christian tradition, the Star of Bethlehem, was followed by the three Magi —Bithisarea, Melichior, and Gathaspa — to reach the birthplace of Jesus Christ. As the New Year begins and we put away the trappings of Christmas, my biggest regret was: the symbolic Christmas Star that was visible from December 16 to 21, and was observed anywhere in the world. The star was best seen one hour after sunset.

Except… as often as I tried to see it, the clouds, fog and poor weather hindered my vision of this beautiful event. It was a different Christmas season, many changes, challenges and limitations yet filled with beauty, hope and promises of new beginnings. Like the sparkle of those stars, my Christmas tree held lights that sparkled in the evening, ornaments that reflected their light and represented the growth of my family, kids first ornaments, grandchildren’s first ornaments, homemade treasures and gifts from family and friends throughout the years. I may have missed this special star, but it will be repeated on March 15, 2080. My grandchildren may see it again in their life time.

The decorations will be put away, and 2021 will hold promises of new beginnings. No, I don’t make New Year’s resolutions – I do look forward to what 2021 will hold for me and am open to all that it brings. I pray that like those stars that shine on a clear night filling the heavens with beauty our blessings to will reflect the love our Saviour promises. As COVID-19 continues, remember to reach out to each other, a call, a card, and a prayer sent is a prayer received.

Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  

Happy New Year, Sisters in Christ,    

Pam O., Ontario Member Development

lutheranwomen.ca

 

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3 thoughts on ““Only when it is dark enough can you see the stars”

  1. The Star out Lord and Saviour is always there even when we think He is not. Though troubles may be covering our vision Christ’s love and guidance breaks through to be by our side for support.

  2. As I, too, tried to spy that ever elusive star, I was reminded that though that star was hidden from our view it was still there in the heavens. So it is with God….we might not see Him, but with us He is. “I am with you always to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20

  3. The star that was offered to the world in December, 2020, was watched for and by many people around the world. I too, was not able to see the star this year, but also reflected sincerely on the stars that adorn our family Christmas tree. Many offered memories – and the discussions with my grandchildren, focusing on 2020 years ago were truly wonderful.

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