Have you ever been out and enjoyed a starry night?
Ever since I was a child I have been fascinated with the night sky. As we journeyed from family to home at night, I would love looking out of the car window and just watch the many stars stretched across the night sky.
When there was a full moon too, that made it even more special.
When my mum’s cousin-in-law found out I loved looking at the stars, he promised to bring over his telescope the next time we visited my grandparents. They lived on a farm in the country, so there were no street lights to mess up the view.
It was freezing out there…but oh so fascinating, as I got to see the stars that were so tiny up in the sky, look so big and different. I also discovered that some of those stars were actually planets, and were different colours.
Even now, I love to just stop and look out at a starry night. I’m always filled with wonder and awe as I stare at the night sky. As I look up my heart is filled with this song.
There are several verses about stars in the Bible. Here are some of my favourites:
He made the stars also ~ Gen 1:16. Just a simple, almost by-the-way comment, and yet the magnitude of the night sky and its glory is no simple or small thing.
The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge. There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard. Their line has gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. ~ Ps 19:1-4.
When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained, what is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You should visit him? ~ Ps 8:3-4. David obviously got that “Wow!” feeling too whenever he looked up into the starry night.
In my Christmas story One Starry Night I had Jude and Annie discover the wonder of a starry night too. Instead of the country though, I had them walking along the beach (something else I have experienced doing as both child and adult at night) and portrayed the wonder of the night sky in that setting. Of course, the Christmas story itself features some star gazers who got a wonderful surprise the night our Lord Jesus was born. A new star appeared in the sky, and being curious enough about stars, they looked up what that star meant. A new King had been born, and with gifts they set off on a long and arduous journey to find and worship Him. So tying the beach walk and the Christmas Story together I ended up with a Christmas starlit story for children to enjoy.
One Starry Night: Christmas carols are playing, mince pies are cooking, and wrapping paper is everywhere! Yes – it’s Christmas Eve. Jude and Annie are enjoying getting ready for Christmas. With a walk on the beach in the dark and a special bedtime story, they feel God’s greatness and find out how much God really loves them.
There are some inside pictures from the book here
Have you taken your children out to enjoy a starry night? Why not do that this Christmas season? While enjoying the night sky and pondering the night our Lord Jesus came to earth to be our Saviour, you will also be making some lovely memories.
~ Wendy Sparkes ~
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