Whether through death or divorce, chronic illness or tragedy, college or the armed services, missions or marriage, families change! And, when we find ourselves amidst such a change or challenge, we ask ourselves, “now what?” You wonder how you will ever sleep at night, look at the empty chair at the dinner table or celebrate the next holiday season.
Thursday, December 6, 2012
I absolutely LOVE stars! You will find them all throughout my house. The large star above my front door reminds me that something truly holy is going on inside. Each time I return home, I see that star, and I remember that my Heavenly Father is just as concerned about my family, as He was about that little family, in a stable, on that first Christmas night. Stars also remind me to retreat often in prayer and pondering about my little family, and seek His guidance. The stars in my home remind me of the shepherds in the fields, that very night the baby Savior was born. I'm sure they were busy! I only have 4 sheep (and one sheep-in-law) and it's all I can do to keep them counted. However, they say the shepherds saw the "sign" (star) and went to Bethlehem in haste. They hurried, went quickly, were focused on what really mattered, that night. I am sure it was quite a task to secure their flocks before they left. As I see my stars, in the kitchen, office, bathroom and bedroom, I often ask myself, "have I secured my flock?" Have I counted them? Do I know where they are? Have I found out about their day? Have I asked if they need anything? Have I made sure they know they are safe and secure and loved? The shepherds had to have faith that they would in fact, see the Christ child lying in a manger, after all their effort. So, they followed the star. My stars remind me of my core values, of my higher power, of what is REALLY important to me, each day. And, my stars inspire me to make my actions consistent with those values. My stars remind me to have faith that He hears and answers prayers, especially when I go to him in haste. The star on my Christmas tree reminds me that the first Christmas was in the most humble of settings, in poverty, even a stable, but changed the world for good. I have faith that Christmas is indeed about the Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh--- about giving the finest that we have within ourselves for the benefit of others, to lift, love and inspire-------and perhaps, even change the world for good! Stars!!!