lunar eclipse. bethlehem star.

On December 21 at 2:42 am, I stood in the crisp, quiet cold in absolute awe of my Creator.

The countryside presents me with many beauties that the city lacks—crystal clear, starry night skies and sunsets with seemingly haphazard strokes of color perfectly painted by the Creator.

Tonight I was thankful to be in the middle of nowhere. I stood in my back yard and beheld the awesomeness of God. As the shadow of earth cast a dusty-red haze on the moon, I was grateful that my God would put on such beautiful displays of His glory!

Because it is almost Christmas, the shepherds came to mind. Shepherds were marginalized individuals in Jewish culture. They were considered unclean because they killed and ate “unclean” animals in order to survive in the fields. They were also not allowed in the temple to worship due to their unclean nature. They reeked of sheep and often kept to themselves.

However, the beauty of Christmas is that Jesus stepped out of Heaven into a manger and became poor for our sake. He came in order to seek and save what is lost. He came for the broken, the marginalized, the downtrodden . . . for all.

The shepherds may not have been allowed in the temple, but they were the first personally invited into the presence of the Great High Priest as He lay in a manger.

How beautiful. I can only imagine that the Bethlehem star was as breathtaking to them as the eclipse was for me.

The invitation – a star. The event – the birth of their Savior.

May every glance at a star invite us into the presence of our Savior. May we praise His name with the Heavens and rejoice in the beauties that are afforded to even sinful men.

“He determines the number of stars and calls them each by name. Great is our Lord and mighty in power . . . Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise him in the heights above . . . Praise him sun and moon, praise him, all you shining stars.  . . Let them praise the name of the lord, for he commanded and they were created. He set them in place forever and ever. “ – Psalm 147:4-5 and Psalm 148:1, 3-5.

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