And the star they had seen in the east went on a head of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. They were thrilled and excited to see the star.
One night under the Arizona skies, someone showed me their Stargazing app on their phone. When he pointed the phone to the sky, there was Orion’s Belt, Sirius and the Big Dipper and many more stars and constellations which the app identified. How breathtaking to see and explore the majesty of the stars!
Have you ever wondered what made the wise men notice the star that led them to Jesus? Was it brighter? A different color or shape? The bible doesn’t say; it only reports that the star was different from the rest and it was something the kings had been anticipating.
This reminded me that we all want to be a star; to be recognized and to feel important. Unfortunately celebrity fame never gives us lasting happiness. We are like vessels made of earth and clay, not stardust. Our fulfillment comes from letting our light shine from the inside out.
We can all find our own star path, not for glory or fame, but in simple acts of kindness. In these times of the Covid Pandemic, how do we how do we let our” star light” shine?
One idea came from the latest issue of AARP magazine. It is entitled” Offering a Friendly Voice.” Those who feel socially isolated and lonely sign up to be called by an AARP volunteer who offers encouragement and listens to whatever they want to talk about. Do you know of any lonely residents in our park who are home bound and would love a friendly call just to talk?
I have personal witnessed many” star people” in our park. Just to mention a few:
- The person who made many masks for whoever needed one (available at the Activity counter)
- The ladies who sewed the quilts of valor .
- The person who took pictures on Veterans Day ( they are on the photo page of this newsletter)
- All of the club, event, activity and volunteer leaders and interim leaders who give unselfishly of their time and labor to keep our activities and events continuing.
- The two new residents who volunteered to show the movies on Saturday night
Thank you to all who have offered to be a star by volunteering!
These are different times that we live in. Let’s remember this Christmas to always be thankful for our many blessings, most importantly our families. Whether you are with your immediate family or with your trusted circle of friends; find joy in each other. You may be somebody’s star and not even know it! Stand apart like the Star of Bethlehem, unique and brilliant. Be your own kind of star and let your light shine!