Star of Grace

I installed the annual Epiphany display at church today in preparation for the next season. Over the years I have collected art, photographs, and text. Each piece of art and poetry is beautiful and unique so it’s difficult to choose what to display each year.

When creating the first Epiphany display, I tried to find the perfect star. I searched everywhere. I really didn’t know what I was looking for, but the star eventually found me. I remember the day well; the day of the New Year’s Eve tornado in 2010. I was driving by a small store in Webster Groves, unaware that a tornado was near. A large tin star filled with light, on display in the window, caught my eye. I ran up to the door only to find it locked. The owner had taken cover from the tornado and was surprised to see me. The whole episode of my search for the star now makes me laugh.

I was on a journey then and continue journeying now. What urges me on? I love the following 18th-century text sung to the hymn “What Star is This, with Beams So Bright”.

While outward signs the star displays, an inward light the Lord conveys and urges them, with tender might, to seek the giver of the light.

O Jesus, while the star of grace impels us on to seek your face, let not our slothful hearts refuse the guidance of your light to use. ~trans. John Chandler, 1837

I admire the magi for their faithfulness and perseverance. I pray that my journey continues to be sustained by the light of Jesus.

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