If You’re Grieving this Christmas, Look at the Stars

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If You’re Grieving this Christmas, Look at the Stars

Every Christmas I have one song which becomes an earworm for the whole festive season.

It’s not Mariah Carey’s “All I want for Christmas is You” nor Michael Buble’s, “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas,” although they do become a bit repetitive at this time of year.

“Christmas Star” from Home Alone 2 is the earworm which somehow brings all the emotion of Christmas in a choral orchestration. It’s the solemn background music to the scene where Kevin waves to a child in hospital who will mostly likely be there on Christmas Day.

The earworm prompted a Google search for the lyrics and song. When you read the lyrics, you can’t help but sing the solemn tune!

Distant stars, at home up in the heavens

Wonder what they see, are they watching me?

Christmas star, you spin your strands of silver

What a sight to see, are you there to guide me?

Star light, shine bright

See me through the dark night

Light mine, pathway

Guide me home for Christmas day

Midnight stars, they sail the sky in silence

Hearing all they see, are they hearing me?

Christmas Star, you watch the world so wisely

At my journey’s end, will you be my true friend?

Star light, shine bright

See me through the dark night

Light mine, half way

Guide me home for Christmas day

Without fail, we watch all the Home Alone movies at Christmas. It’s become somewhat of a tradition. But as soon as we watch Home Alone 2 and I hear Christmas Star, it stirs up deep feelings within me about Christmas.

It renders a reminder not everyone will be celebrating Christmas at home this year or it will be a different Christmas as it will be celebrated without those who are dear to them.

For some, it’s their first Heavenly Christmas (much love to our Senyard family and friends as this will be the first Christmas without our beloved Poppa) and for others it’s probably the last Christmas earth side and will require all the energy to create memories and take in the spirit of the day.

We make Christmas in our household fun and exciting.

It’s also messy, chaotic and exhausting. There are lists and organising, working full time and researching what to do with the elf which ends tonight – praise Jesus!

Elf on the Shelf

We somewhat still live Christmas through our girl’s eyes.  The anticipation for Christmas Day is joyous and it’s been a welcome distraction this year while COVID cases rise as borders open.  Staying home is the safest place to be in case of unexpectedly being caught out at a hotspot.

I take comfort in the first Christmas though, where Jesus was born – in a barn – far from Mary and Joseph’s home town, with no close relatives nearby and where what was available was made do for the birth.

The only sparkle was from the Christmas Star above, guiding the wise men to the Messiah’s birth location.

While the wonder of the birth of Jesus and how this gift was for our redemption will never dull for our family, it takes daily contemplation. And sometimes faith can be rattled by worldly events and tragedies, making Christmas less exciting than previous years.

But the stars continue to remind me otherwise. I’m not alone and wonder can still be found despite the tragedies and heartbreaks which unfold.

It’s been a shitty year for so many. In fact it’s been a few shitty years in a row and it can be so very hard to see any sort of light in the dark tunnel we’re finding ourselves in.

With business closures, lost jobs, lack of affordable housing, turbulent relationships, decline in mental health, segregation – with freedoms being removed and unexpected tragedies – no wonder the Christmas spirit is dire.

And this may be why Christmas Star has become an earworm – especially this Christmas.

The star is simply a symbol – a reminder of what’s most important at Christmas. A visual sign to Creator God who sent us his son Saviour Jesus to bring us home. Where home is close companionship with Him whether Earth side or Heaven side.

If you’re grieving this Christmas or it’s just not the Christmas you’re used to, look to the stars. Don’t read them – simply look at them and open your heart to wonder.

Christmas star on Tree at King George Square

Pray to the creator and lay out your feelings and hurts. Be forthcoming in asking for needs that need to be met both now and into the New Year. (If you can’t see the stars – look at Christmas lights or check out the wonder of these images)

May the brightness of the stars and your gut wrenching prayers to God guide you home. May they bring peace which transcends all understanding, comfort and joy into your heart for Christmas Day.

Christmas Star quote

Merry Christmas. x