Gypsy Mama is taking a break from Five Minute Friday for the month of December; since I'll be taking my break from school in a few days, however, I've got more time to enjoy Five Minute Friday this month than many others...
So, I came up with a list of words that might be heard around Christmastime - and am randomly selecting one for each Friday in December.
This Friday's word is...
The Heaven's declare the glory of God
And the sky above proclaims His handiwork
Day after day pours out speech
And night after night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard.
Their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the end of the world...
I'd never really considered those verses as "Christmas" verses. But the Heavens is a key player in the Christmas story. The angels announced the Savior's birth to shepherds from a celestial choir loft located in a dark, night sky - and they sang "Glory to God in the highest..."
Wise men persistently tracked an unfamiliar star for many, many days in search of its significance while convinced that it was, carrying gifts for whomever they'd find at the end of their quest. The found Jesus.
Why night time? Why angels heralding?
Why a star?
Sometimes we'll sneak out of the city, head to the dunes or the plateau, maybe build a campfire, lay back and gaze up at the sky. I never knew there were so many stars. When the night is truly dark - any pinpoint of light is obvious. Jesus is the glorious Light in darkness.
Stars twinkle and wink and laugh with hope. Even when I can't see them, I know they still shine and the rays they emit travel infinitely farther than my mind can begin to measure. God promises His people a hope, a future and an expected end. Jesus is my hope, my future and my expected end.
Each time I see a star... be it be the real thing, far away in the night sky or a symbolic one high upon a Christmas tree, I want to bask in the light of that truth.
Lift your eyes and look to the heavens:
Who created all these?
He who brings out the starry host one by one,
and calls them each by name.
Because of his great power and mighty strength,
not one of them is missing.