The Brightest Star

christmas-122Like usual, approaching this Holiday season requires strength, stamina, and endurance, just to get done all of the things that need to get done.  If you aren’t feeling  pulled in a million different directions, you are indeed one of the very few.  All of the preparation isn’t necessarily a bad thing – in fact, decorating, finding gifts to give, sending cards, meeting with friends – these are all part of what makes this time of year fun.  However, if you are like me – one of the things that rarely happens but should happen – is carving out a bit of time to be alone.  It is with that thought in mind, might I suggest this exercise.

Late one night or very early one morning – go to where the skies are dark and it is quiet.  Still your mind from all distractions and find the brightest star in the sky.

“Star of wonder, star of night, star with royal beauty bright.  Westward leading, still proceeding, guide us to thy perfect light.”

Long ago, the bright light of one star led three wise men to what they were seeking.  Those three men have come and gone, but that bright star still shines.  It is when we are alone in the quiet of those moments that the perfect light of that star can lead us to a place of  peace, joy, and love – God’s gift to each and every one of us.  Merry Christmas, everyone.

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