Community in Action December 22, 2020

Where is the one who had been

born king of the Jews?

We saw his star when it rose

and have come to worship


Matthew 2:2

    Did you see it last night? It was amazing. It actually looked like two stars in the Southwestern sky. They were brilliant white and shone more brightly than any other stars in the heavens.

    Nancy has been talking about what is being called the Christmas star. It is when Jupiter and Saturn align in our sky. The last time these two planets were this close was 400 years ago, but the last time you could see it was about 800 years ago. After this week the next time these planets will be this close again will be 800 years from now.

    I read that the best time to view this phenomenon is about an hour after sunset. I looked at that time and it was fantastic. I actually went out about an hour later and it definitely wasn’t as visible. Evidently it can be seen best at that hour after sunset in the southwestern sky.

    Thankfully we don’t have to wait every 800 years to see God active in our world. We also don’t need to look in a certain direction at a certain time, but we do need to be attentive to the Spirit’s moving through our life.

    Sometimes when it seems all the good things in our lives come together we can see the brilliance of God’s presence among us, but it is during the difficult times we have trouble being attentive to the Spirit. It is during the hard times we don’t feel like worshiping God, but still God is there for us.

    Just like these two planets that are traveling on their path around the sun, so God is constantly with us. Closer than the miles these planets are from the earth, but sometimes not as evident.

    The great thing is that Jesus has told us we can call on him at any time. He is with us always, Matthew 28:20, “I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

    So let us be reminded of this promise of Jesus, we don’t have to wait for sunset or every 800 years till we see a star in the sky. Let us take some time today and acknowledge the wonder and awesomeness of the one whom we serve.

    Remembering to praise him with you,

    Pastor Randy

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