As the year draws to a close, many of us are world-weary. Many are broken because of job loss, illness, or loss of loved ones. It’s been a tough year; no doubt.
But the Christmas Star that shone in the southwestern sky on the winter solstice of Dec. 21 stands as a sign of better things to come. The star is actually the planets Jupiter and Saturn so closely aligned they appear as one body. The two largest planets have not been this closely aligned and visible since the year 1226.
We were blessed with a clear sky on Monday evening and the star made its appearance about a half hour after a beautiful winter sunset.
It seems symbolic that such a stunning occurrence would happen at the end of 2020. It provides hope that everything will be alright as long as we trust in God. While He can’t always deliver us from hard times, He can certainly help us to bear them and make it through.
The star is also a reminder of the Christ child born more than 2,000 years ago, in a lowly manger amongst the lower animals. This child was the Prince of Peace, the Savior of mankind, the Kings of Kings, and would grow into the man who would preach to the masses a message of a higher power and a kingdom after death. His life was given so that the rest of us, those who believe, can have everlasting life.
While Christmas is generally an anticipated time every year, this year is seems a little more dear as we prepare to herald the birth of Jesus Christ which is the biggest miracle to ever occur in the history of the world.
And as we celebrate the most holy of days, let us not forget to praise God for His only son, but also for the natural beauty of the Earth: the oceans and streams, the mountains and caves, the plains and prairies, the fishes, and the animals — and the Christmas Star.