December 13th– The Star
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
55 according to the promise he made to our ancestors,
to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”
56 And Mary remained with her about three months and then returned to her home.
Reflection (Sally Manhard):
Do you ever look at the stars?
I found spending Advent with such an imagination to be insightful and inspiring. It became, in many ways, much more than an object in the sky.
I began to see the star as a guide– as a light on my journey. I reflected on the people in my life who have been with me on my journey, and became grateful for each one.
I began to think about where the stars appear. They aren’t visible in the light– they are there, but barely. But in the dark– oh, how they shine. It is in my darkest times when I need the guiding light a star provides.
I began to think about how many times God has provided that for me– how He has been my guiding light. How comforting it is to know that, even when I don’t see Him, God is there. God is always with me– even when I fail to see Him.
And I began to wonder, how special it would have been to be the star that led the shepherds to the Savior.
When I look at the stars, I remember that God is always with me, always there to guide me and provide for me– and that His light shines through us all.
Where do you see God’s light shining?
God of bright hopes, illuminate our lives and shine through us, that we may be your light. In Jesus’ name, Amen.