And the star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem. It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were filled with joy! Matthew 2:9-10 (NLT)

Last night, our neighborhood dinner club had their annual Christmas dinner party and I wore a favorite Christmas tree pin. I have several, but this one sparkles with the Swarovski crystals in the shape of stars. A friend complimented me on it and I told her that “stars” are my thing.  

Moving to Tucson, I discovered that the whole area has a low light ordinance because of the spectacular panoply of stars overhead. They dance across the sky creating a breathtaking night sky.

However, this star collection began with my involvement in politics. The Stars and Stripes always bring tears to my eyes and over the years, I have collected many keepsakes. My mother made me a wonderful needlepoint picture of various colored stars that sits above my computer in the den. I love looking at it because it reminds me of her.

Yet, the star that means the most to me is the Nativity star God set in the heavens that wondrous night to signal the birth of Jesus. It drew the shepherds and the wise men to Bethlehem to worship a special baby, even as it draws us today.

For to us a child is born,

to us a son is given,

and the government will be on his shoulders.

And he will be called

Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,

Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:6 (NIV)

I’m having some girlfriends over for Christmas Tea this week and spent the last two days baking. Of course, I made shortbread stars. Christmas is all about love and joy. What better way to celebrate than with those we love?

A little word of encouragement for you in the middle of all the hustle and bustle of the season: check out the stars!