Day 15. December 15, 2019
Nativity Companion: The Star
God of light, meet us here on earth that we might know and follow you with our lives. AMEN.
Luke 1:57-58 (NRSV).
57 Now the time came for Elizabeth to give birth, and she bore a son. 58 Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown his great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her.
Reflection (from Paige Latham Didora).
You don’t follow a night star through the desert for nothing.
The Christmas story is a tale of divine intersection. Both Mary and Joseph learn of God’s promise of the baby from angels — Joseph in a dream and Mary by the angel Gabriel during her own cousin’s miraculous pregnancy. The shepherds, too, are greeted by heavenly company. Their initial fear becomes motivation, and they depart to seek the holy family.
But when Jesus is due to arrive, things are less celestial. The couple has been walking endlessly only to find a stable, a manger, and a crowded town that has no time for their growing miracle.
This all feels much more like reality. Like earth.
It’s the story of the star that unites us here on earth with the parts of the First Christmas that are beyond our understanding. The star guides the Magi from the east to the place where Jesus is laying. The star, which is neither of heaven nor of earth, was their own discovery. Had they been looking for it? Did they fully grasp its meaning? We can’t be certain. We know that they had the faith to follow it.
During this Advent season, whether you are feeling more connected to the heavenly promises of the savior’s birth, told by the ancient prophets and faithfully attended by the shepherds, of if the gritty realities of an inhospitable stable and lowly beginnings bring you hope, the star meets all of us halfway. And we follow.
Questions for Consideration.
God, on this day, might you meet us here on earth and guide us that we might know and follow you in the real of our lives. Grant us faith to follow you. AMEN.