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Friday, December 13, 2019

Star Dust--12 days til Christmas

"We are stardust," 5 x 7 watercolor card
We are not alone. Isn't that the real lesson behind the story of the star leading people to Jesus at his birth?
For Christians, it should be. For those who are not, the deeper meaning should be more scientific, but still truth.
Star-dust--we, and all creation are stardust... composed of the scientific matter of the expanding universe.
Why wonder that we are  composed spiritually of creation, that humans gaze at stars, that we are drawn to stars, journeying as they journey? Science hasn't abolished or negated their wonder, their magic. Gaze only at the believers in astrology, or in other religions. 
This season commemorates a star, its journey, and a journey it beckoned humans to follow, 2,000 years ago, and since. 

For those who believe in an omniscient, omnipotent, and especially omnipresent deity, that means God is in and of humans and all creation. 
All is sacred, all is God. Wasn't that what Jesus really meant when he said,  "I am with you." 
We are stars, we are a star journey.
"Are we human because we gaze at the stars, or do we gaze at the stars because we are human?" 
--Neil Gaiman, Stardust
"The cosmos is within us. We are made of star-stuff. We are a way for the universe to know itself."
--Carl Sagan

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