PASTOR SPEAKS

Star Words

It's that time of year again! Time for Epiphany! And that means it's time for everyone to get their new Star Word. Jeanette has been busy writing the words onto new stars to be handed out on January 7th! I wonder what yours will be this year?

During this past year it has been amazing to hear the many ways that people have sensed God through their Star Words. We have heard these stories in worship, in Fellowship Hall, at funerals, and when I have visited people in their homes. I have received phone calls, emails and texts as well.

I mentioned last year that one of the definitions of epiphany is: a moment of sudden divine revelation or insight. Sometimes these moments can be few and far between and sometimes they can come at us quickly, making us catch our breath. One thing is for sure, being open to God's revelation is the first step. It's not that God doesn't reveal things when we aren't paying attention. It's more that we can miss seeing these revelations when we aren't open to them.

If you miss worship on January 7th, be sure to pick up your star the following week. A different word will be written on each star. This word is going to act as a reminder to each of us to keep our eyes open for God's Epiphanies throughout the year. Your word may be gentleness, love, goodness, peace, or something else. When you initially receive your star you may wonder why you received that particular star. But I am confident that throughout the year you will notice things happening in your life that seem directly tied to your word.

Each year a new word to contemplate and consider as the days and weeks roll by. What places of discovery and relationship and revelation will your word reveal? The word is a gift, a star gift. It reminds us that we are invited to respond to God with our own gifts and our very selves. Consider this your memo from God! I think that God wanted you to pick that very word!

This year promises to be busy, just like last year. It is easy to get caught up in all that has to be done and forget that God invites us to be still and look for Him. God gives us his full attention, are we willing to give him ours? Are we willing to keep our eyes and hearts open to His Epiphany?

Peace and star gifts be yours,
Pastor Dawn