Looking up and stilling my heart

[notice]Musings around children’s ministry.[/notice]

“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard.” Psalm 19:1-3

This week I attended a primary school carols evening. I went to support my friend who had written and directed the nativity play. It was ‘all kinds of cute’. The concept of the play was that the story of Christ’s birth was told from the perspective of the stars. The stars were shining and shouting to the people below about the birth of Jesus and what He had come to do. One of the most precious moments was when the wise man couldn’t find the baby king at any of the renowned inns and Bethlehem star shone brighter to lead them there. I found it a refreshing reminder of how the stars and nature declare the glory of our Lord.

stargloryI once heard a story about a missionary who travelled to a remote place where the gospel had not been preached. When the missionary had shared the story of Jesus, the people thanked him and said they’d seen the message in the stars and were waiting for someone to explain more about who this King was and what He had come to do.

So often we think that this life is all about us, and we take for granted why Jesus came to save us. As we approach the holiday season, let’s remember that it is actually all about Him. It is so that we could be near Him that Jesus came…creation worships Him, proclaiming His majesty. Isn’t your heart just overwhelmed with gratitude for His coming? I know mine is!

Now, after my friend’s little play, when I look up to the night sky I’ll still my heart a little to appreciate His amazing works. I’ll quiet a little to hear what they are declaring about Him in that moment. However, I am no magus, I may be like the sleepy shepherds from the junior school play who needed a little help understanding what the stars were saying! Enter the angels!!

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