Opening Prayer. God of all light, be the light that shines within my heart and lead me toward your guiding light. AMEN.
14 And God said, “Let there be lights in the dome of the sky to separate the day from the night; and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the dome of the sky to give light upon the earth.” And it was so. 16 God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars.
– Gen. 1:14-16
“It is I, Jesus, who sent my angel to you with this testimony for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.”
– Rev. 22: 16
When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was.When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
– Matthew 2:9-11
Stars are Important. From Mary Fisher.
Stars are important. We’ve been a part of creation from the beginning and will be until the end, from the fourth day of creation to the appearance of the New Jerusalem.
Most importantly, the Redeemer is one of us. He calls himself the Bright Morning Star. He certainly has a stellar radiance! Somehow, he manages to be both the creator and the created.
Naturally, he took this to the extreme when he came to earth as a human being. He knew the limitations of humanity – how hard it is for people to understand God. To know that that he not only created them but loves them more than they can possibly imagine, and will love them for all eternity. So when people just didn’t get it, he did the unimaginable. He became one of them – just as he is one of us the stars. He entered into his human creation fully by becoming part of it.
Even then he didn’t forget us. A star played a role in this amazing story, and he gave that job to me. Can you imagine? An ordinary star like me, lighting the way. God knew that the Magi were trying so hard to understand. They had read the scriptures and knew that when I appeared, the time was near. The Messiah was coming. Not having all the details, they simply followed me. And I led them to the baby Jesus, the Messiah.
That same Jesus is the Bright Morning Star. In the last days, where there is a new heaven and a new earth, Jesus will reveal himself to be one with all of his creation, stars and humans alike. Emmanuel – God with us. Hallelujah!
Questions for Consideration.
Closing Prayer. (A prayerful re-telling of “We Three Kings”).
God of wonder. God of night. God of royal beauty bright. Westward leading, still proceeding…guide us to thy perfect light. Guide us by thy perfect light. AMEN.