Minister's word: Starry, Starry Nights

One of the benefits of living off the Island of Montreal is the lack of reflected light at night.

It gives one the opportunity to see the night sky in all its beauty.  It begins as the sun ends its going down and the “evening star” is slowly unveiled.

As the night darkens, one by one, like the dance of fire flies in the summer, the stars make their shining debut.

I cannot contain my excitement as I think that these are the very same stars on which Creator made a promise to Abraham and Sarah.  The same stars which accompanied the Magi as they followed that one “special” star to Bethlehem.  The same stars which Jesus and the disciples undoubtedly gazed at time and time again.

On a clear night, as I settle into my hammock to celebrate Creator’s holy mystery, (blanketed and protected from the mosquitos) I am reminded of the words in Isaiah 40: 26 (NIV)

Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens:
    Who created all these?
He who brings out the starry host one by one
    and calls forth each of them by name.
Because of his great power and mighty strength,
    not one of them is missing.

Creator’s promise is eternal.  Like the shining stars in the sea of sky, each and every one of us is beautifully fashioned and cherished. This in itself is a great and powerful mystery and I cannot help but give praise and shout “thanks be to Creator God!”

 - Beryl