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stillspeaking                                                                                        December 18, 2018

DAILY DEVOTIONAL   

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Gaze
Quinn G. Caldwell

"In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, magi from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, 'Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.'" - Matthew 2:1-2

It's a good time of year for stargazing, assuming you're in the northern hemisphere (if you're in the southern hemisphere: Hi!  We love you from up here!).

Our northern attention has always been drawn to the night sky in winter. Some reasons for this have been known for a long time: the night's longer this time of year. Others we've always felt but only understood relatively recently: cold air holds less moisture, so the sky is less hazy and stars are more visible. Still others are very new to us: during the summer, we're staring into the heart of the Milky Way, where there are so many stars they create their own light pollution and obscure each other, while in winter we're staring out past the edges of the galaxy.

Compared to modern astronomers, the magi knew next to nothing about the nature and movements of the stars. And yet, they knew what the things they saw meant, and what to do about it. They may not have had many facts, but they had a lot of wisdom.

These nights, your vision is as clear as it's likely to be all year long. You have more facts at your fingertips than the ancients ever could have imagined, and more become available every day. But as you watch the sky tonight, the question isn't how many facts you have about the stars; it's whether you have enough wisdom to read them.

Prayer

Reveal yourself to me in the stars, O God. Write your purposes across the sky. Let me see you shining there, and make me wise enough to know what to do when I see you.

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