Let’s Follow the Star ~ Bethany Freudenreich

This year will be the first time since 1226 A.D. that the Christmas star has appeared. The star is created by the alignment of the planets Jupiter and Saturn. It is supposed to occur on the winter solstice, December 21, 2020. https://astronomy.com/news/2020/12/jupiter-and-saturn-will-form-rare-christmas-star-on-winter-solstice
Back in our elementary school years, my sister and I were asked to sing a duet for the church Christmas cantata. Our song was the lead-in for another song that the adult choir sang. Dressed in junior choir robes, our young voices rang out in unison as we sang:
“A star, a star, a bright and shiny star sends its light to where we are.
It’s leading us to a place not far.
Oh come let’s follow the shiny star.
Look, look shepherds do you see that star so brightly showing.
See the way it’s beckoning to me to follow where it’s going.
It moves so quickly through the sky,
I wonder where it’s leading…” ~ *
Matthew 2:9-10 (New Revised Standard Version)
It is recorded that, “When they [the wise men] had heard the king [Herod], they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star had stopped, they were overcome with joy.”
Heavenly Father,
Just like the shepherds and the magi, this Advent season help me see the star as a sign of Your presence and a reminder of Your son, Jesus’ birth. Help me recognize the signs and people You put in my life to help me follow Your leading. May I rejoice and be overcome with joy when I know that You have led me to where I am, and may I give You the glory.
* My sister remembers a couple of the lyrics slightly differently than I do. So far, we have not found the composer, lyricist, nor title of the cantata. The song was probably written specifically for that composition.