Night falls early for me in my little home between two mountains. It falls even earlier tonight because of the solstice. The longest night of the year. But tonight was also supposed to be very special. A once in a millennium event took place approximately 45 minutes after sunset. The Christmas Star reigns in the heavens above. Traditionally the sign that lead the Wise Men to Seek Christ. How much is tradition and how it may have played out in history may be a little different. Often history is idealized in the official record. Having read the book of Enoch I know that a portion of it describes in detail the movement of the planets and predicts celestial events such as the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn but that’s just astronomy. It took a leap of faith to see that as a sign to embark on a journey that most likely took 3 years to complete. Planetary alignments happen occasionally but in order to be the “Christmas Star” it has to be in the right season and the right place in the sky. The next time these planets will be in conjunction is in March 15th of 2080 and then not again until August 24th of 2417. So a conjunction is special but the Christmas Star is extremely special. In fact the next actual Christmas Star is not set to occur until December 25th of 2874. With such a special event in my lifetime of course I had to attempt to add this to my portfolio. But alas, the notorious West Virginia cloud cover cast its veil over my mountain. A literal wet blanket spread out as far as the eye could see. My wife and I sat in the big blue truck listening to rain hit the windshield in the dark. And so tonight’s Feature Image to represent the longest night of the year is actually from last winter. I have a chance to catch the Christmas Star over the next few days if the weather breaks and the sky clears so I haven’t given up. And I did learn a lesson from the experience. A lesson of faith. You see, all those years ago the Wise Men saw a star and set out to seek the Messiah without knowing if they would actually find him. They didn’t need to see the miracle in order to know it took place.
Faith is acting without seeing and yet knowing what the outcome will hold.
Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.
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