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January 5th, 2014
Christine Prissel
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Have you ever looked up into a clear night’s sky? The twinkling lights we call stars are astoundingly beautiful, but nothing exclusive. There are over 100 thousand million stars in the Milky Way alone. Outside of the Milky Way there are millions upon millions more stars. Stars are common …ordinary.

But God chose to use one of His/ Her common and ordinary creations to guide the Magi to God’s only son, Jesus. God could have chosen to use a less ordinary and more obvious tool to guide the Magi. Instead, God chose to use a star — one of millions of replicates. I believe this speaks to the value God places on Her/ His creation. If God chose to use a common star to guide the Magi to Jesus, what has God chosen for us — people created in God’s image — to do? We may be common, for there are over 7 billion people living in the world, but not insignificant.

I don’t know what God’s will has in store for me or anyone else. I may not shine brighter than those around me, but I do know, with God, my life will not be worthless or unimportant. I was born similar/common to 7 billion other people, but serve a unique purpose. Just like the common star that guided the Magi to baby Jesus, each person has a special, significant purpose in his/her life.

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