Spiritually Speaking: The Christmas star still shines bright

The Star of Bethlehem gets our attention year in and year out.

What is it about the Christmas Star that never fails to shine? What is it about the Bethlehem story that captures the imagination of billions of people throughout Canada and the entire globe?  

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Two thousand years after the birth of Jesus, we are still bearing gifts, following that star. If it was not for the wise men, none of us would be doing our Christmas shopping.  

It is amazing how much energy we can put into Christmas, buying gifts, cooking turkeys, throwing parties. Sometimes we can in our busyness forget that we are called to follow that star. As that Christmas carol put it, “O star of wonder, star of night, Star with royal beauty bright, Westward leading, still proceeding, Guide us to thy perfect light.”

There is something very moving about perfect light, royal beauty bright light in the midst of a people living in great darkness. December can be a time of great hopes and great stress.

December is that time when fragmented families try once again to reconnect, however painfully. Why do so many families watch the classic movie It’s a Wonderful Life every Christmas?

Perhaps it is because this movie captures the darkness and struggle that so many families experience at Christmas, and yet how the Christmas Star can still break in with unimaginable light and hope.  

Each of us, as the “We Three Kings” carol puts it, may choose to look up and see a star, that to the earth it gives great light. Each of us can choose to see the Christmas Star, whose glory shines so far day and night. Each of us can find great delight in the beauty of the Christmas Star that led the wise men to Jesus’ manger. How many of us are willing to follow that star wheresover it goes?

Wise men and women even in 2016 still seek him. As the Christmas carol put it, “Sages, leave your contemplations, Brighter visions beam afar; Seek the great desire of nations, Ye have seen his natal star: Come and worship, come and worship, worship Christ, the newborn king.” The Christmas Star leads us to come and worship, to come and adore him among the cattle and the sheep in a lowly manger.  

This Christmas season St. Simon’s Church presents the Christmas cantata Behold The Star on Sunday, Dec. 18 at 10 a.m.

You are invited to come see the Bethlehem Star and let this star touch your life this Christmas.

Rev. Ed Hird has been the rector at St. Simon’s Church, 420 Seymour River Pl., since 1987. stsimonschurch.ca

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