A Star

This week christians will celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. We begin with Solstice tomorrow night. For the first time in over 800 years the planets Saturn and Jupiter will be aligned to form what is known as the Christmas Star. Solstice is also known as the darkest night. There is so much light around us and the greatest light of all shines within each of us. This week I offer this poem by Joyce Rupp for our reflection! Many Blessings to each of you! Merry Christmas!!!


I stand gazing at the cold winter sky,

thirty minutes after midnight

on the first day of the new year.

What I see catches my heart

and draws me into profound hope.

There in the black winter sky

one strong star sings a silent melody,

illuminating the heavily clouded heights

with a powerful, assuring presence.

I hear it calling to every human soul

whose life yearns for something more.

One strong star sends a brave song

to those who doubt their own courage.

It shines for the soreness of the planet

and for all who die daily

in their coffins of discouragement.

I stand gazing at that single star

resonating with the shining message:

none of us need doubt our ability to survive.

Hope comes in little ways -

it only takes one shining star,

one faithful friend,

one wisp of inspiration,

one touch of creation's beauty,

one deep sip of love

to keep the illumination alive in us.

In the snow laden clouds of the first day

of the new year

I bow to the heavens and turn homeward

grateful for the quiet in my heart,

and for the singing of a lone star sending strength

to every corner of the cosmos.

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