Recently, He told me “a star is born.” He repeated it several times for several days knowing I was confused because I didn’t understand what HE was getting at.
Finally, one morning it finally dawned me. The previous evening, my mom and I had been looking at the stars and noticed a very bright, lone star in the dark, western sky. I finally remembered, one morning years ago I had seen a very bright star shining through an otherwise dark eastern sky about this time of year. It had brought me a lot of joy, thinking of the star that led the magi to find the newborn king.
In the book of Revelation, Jesus is referred to as the bright morning star. "I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star." (Revelation 22:16 –NIV) There are other references to the morning star, as well.
But why “a star is born”? In that darkness I realized during this time of year there are many who experience darkness; some who might feel they are alone, depressed, experiencing pain, sorrow or grief.
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As so many of us would hope for happiness and peace, there are many who are having a difficult time for one reason or another. I realized that in our darkness we need a bright, shining light, someone who knows what we are going through. Jesus was born as that light, the light of the world, “the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:5-NIV)
As He told me years ago, “I know how much you have suffered. I know how much pain you have seen. I know all that has been on your hearts and minds and I know everything you have felt.” In a later dream, I heard an angelic voice sing, “He gave His only son, to save this begotten world.”
Yes, He was born to be the light that shines in the darkness, knowing everything we are going through and loving and caring about us through it all. Yes, this can be a difficult time of year for some, so as He said in John 13:34-35, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
May we all strive for peace, love and happiness, and help and care for others through the dark times of their lives. Amen.
Brian Daum, Charleston