Look Up!

Today’s Word:  STARS

Today’s Time of Stillness:  13 minutes

He counts the number of the stars; He gives names to all of them.  Great is our Lord and abundant in strength; His understanding is infinite.  –  Psalm 147:4-5

Tonight is the annual Geminid meteor shower.  I’ll confess, I didn’t really have it on my holiday  calendar.

During this time in December, as the Earth passes through a massive trail of debris shed by a weird, rocky object named 3200 Phaethon, the dust and the grit burn up when they run into Earth’s atmosphere, creating a flurry of “shooting stars.”

If conditions are clear, it’s believed that people in every country in the world will be able to see the amazing light show in the sky.  Every country.

There’s probably a schmaltzy song somewhere about looking at the same star as someone on the other side of the world; lyrics about separated lovers, no doubt.  But what an incredible thought, actually; a cosmic wonder that the entire world can share.

Creating space to wait on God in Advent is a lot like looking up at the night sky.  You have to get away from the blinding distractions and neon glare of modern life.  You need to be still for a while, and give your eyes time to adjust to the darkness.  But as you do, stars that you didn’t even realize were there begin to make themselves visible until, at some point, they wrap the night sky in a blanket of light.

The stars are always there.  We just need to put ourselves in a position where we can see them.



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