a thousand stars

O Father may that Holy Star Grow every year more bright,
And send its glorious beams afar to fill the world with light.

-William Cullen Bryant

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(star sunflowers / Sleive League, County Donegal, Ireland / Julie Cook / 2015)

Each evening during the season of Advent, as the sun sinks just beyond the horizon, watchful eyes lift skyward scanning the heavens eastward for a single star which shines brighter than the rest.

A sign
A signal
A symbol

As the Christian faithful gather together,
anxiously watching and waiting for direction.

A command
A compass
A course

Open questions now beg to be answered…
Where shall we go?
What are we to find?
What are we to do?

And as those questions skip across the nighttime breeze,
an unseen Hand scatters a thousand stars across a dark December sky…

To seek
To search
To share

To find
To forgive
To free

To hope
To help
To heal

To defend
To define
To declare

To pray
To please
To praise

To worship
To wonder
To wander

To restore
To reach
To reform

To laud
To live
To love


“God writes the Gospel not in the Bible alone, but also on trees, and in the flowers and clouds and stars.”

Martin Luther

7 comments on “a thousand stars

  1. Lynda says:

    Inspirational! I love your use of simple language in this post – very powerful. Blessings!

  2. Damn Julie and I had just put my socks back on after you blew them off with yesterday’s post. It’s like the Lord is living inside you and filling you with all these amazing posts. I think maybe I should get on a plane for Ireland tomorrow, but first I need the name of the guide who inspired your epiphany!!! I stand in awe of the greatness you are producing. Love and hugs, N 🙂 ❤

    • You are more than kind—these past couple of days have been harder than usual finding the right words to share—but yes, I’m ready when you are to head to the land of green—his name is Paul—a simple man…a husband, dad, foster dad and working man—but one who is so attuned to the Spirit….I was lucky to have met him

  3. reocochran says:

    Oh how those words you wrote, echoed so many of my wondrous thoughts, Julie. The Martin Luther quote points out how much God loved us in all directions, in all His Creations.

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