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Christmas Star by Michel Willams


Christmas Star by Michel Willams

I haven’t written in a long time.  Like everyone else, I have been set off balance by COVID and various life events.  As a result, I am not in a very Christmas-y mood this year.  Ok, so maybe I am not really ever in a Christmas-y mood.  I am not into Hallmark movies (sorry ladies) or many Christmas songs.  The whole thing is just a little garish to me, a little like looking at a bright neon light for too long. It tends to make me squint.  Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate Christmas; it just seems to get hijacked by too many rounds of Jingle Bells and excessive shopping. 

I read on various news outlets this week that what astronomists have called the “Christmas Star” will appear for the first time in 800 years on December 21, the Winter Solstice, the shortest and darkest day of the year. The conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn will make them appear as a single point of light. This is one theory for the “Christmas Star” or the Star of Bethlehem followed by the magi (wise men) to baby Jesus in Bethlehem.

After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.

Matthew 2:9-10

This year I need to be reminded of the real Christmas. Tinsel and Michel Bublé are not cutting it for even the most die-hard Christmas fans. With so many experiencing depression, fear, anger, hurt, fractured relationships, uncertainty, isolation, addiction, etc. and the world in chaos, we need the tinseled layers pulled away and the hope offered by a baby in a manger.  I know this sounds cheesy.  It sounds cheesy even to me as I wrote it because we are saturated by the message.  By now, nearly everyone knows the story of Jesus’ birth.  Baby Jesus in a manger surrounded by barn animals has become a caricature of Christmas enjoyed along with Santa, Frosty, and Buddy the Elf.  But look, Jesus is real and I need to be reminded that.  He came into a broken and dark world to bring hope and peace and he is still doing it.

I know these concepts can be vague. It would be nice to practically know how he heals brokenness and brings hope and peace but I don’t have specific answers. He does it individually with every person. The reality is, when it comes to faith, you believe before you see.  With a tiny mustard seed of faith, you first believe and then you see more of the real Jesus and what he can do in your life. When you believe he exchanges the deep fear for hope and a peace that can’t be shaken. Sure, there are days/seasons when you battle fear, anxiety, etc. but underneath is a solid hope and peace that is nothing short of miraculous.    

I don’t believe in coincidences. I believe the God of the universe aligned space and time to present the so-called “Christmas Star” on the shortest and darkest day of the year in a dark time in history to point the world to his son. I don’t know if this conjunction is “the star” the magi followed or not.  God could have created a special star just for Jesus if he wanted to.  The point is, this is astronomy’s explanation of the Christmas star and they are weighing in on various news outlets talking about it and about Jesus. The point is, God is still reaching out and speaking through creation to his most beloved creation to remind them of the hope and peace only he can give.  He is elegantly presenting this rare sight at the right time giving the world another opportunity to look up and believe in his son. If we just reach out with shaky faith; past the tinsel, the garish lights, and the world’s chaos and grab on to Jesus, he can bring hope and peace. He can heal brokenness and show the way forward. I am convinced that Jesus is our only hope and the light in this dark world.  Merry Christmas.

For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

~Isaiah 9:6

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion-to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.

Isaiah 61:1-3

(8) Comments

  1. Jenine says:

    Amen! We have been doing most of our traditional Christmasy things this year because kids. But definitely feeling a heaviness this year that is only lifted when we, individually and as a family, refocus on Jesus and what Christmas is really all about. Covid can’t take that away. Thank you for sharing your heart Michel ❤️
    P.s. I’m not a Hallmark fan either 😁

    1. Michel Williams says:

      Its such a tough year. We all need to refocus! P.S. I knew we were kindred spirits Jenine!

  2. Joyce Fahey says:

    Well said. You help a lot to set the better mood for Christmas, especially for this year. The world is so weird this year. I feel like we’re living in a science fiction novel. It doesn’t look like we’ll get back to normal anytime soon, if ever.
    I like your writing style. Thank you.

    1. Michel Williams says:

      Thank you Joyce! It really does feel like we are living in a science fiction novel. There is nothing like God’s truth to steady us.

  3. Margie Meeks says:

    Michel, thank you so much for this. It brought tears to my eyes because you expressed so perfectly the way people are feeling right now, the way I am feeling. This is definitely not the kind of Christmas we are used to and it has always bothered me how so many people celebrate Christmas without a thought of what it’s really all about. Your words really brought the focus on our Lord Jesus, how his birth brought light, hope and love into a dark world, and how badly we all need those things in our world now, in such a time as this. Jesus is the answer today, tomorrow and forever and my greatest desire is for everyone to realize this and know and believe and trust and surrender to Jesus. Thank you again, you are so appreciated and loved. Merry Christmas!

    1. Michel Williams says:

      Thank you Margie! I wrote this for myself as much as anyone else. He is the answer and sometimes we need to stop in the chaos and remind ourselves of that. Love you!

  4. Carolyn Edin says:

    Beautifully written, in all this chaos of 2020 – God could not have things more perfectly aligned, and we know His timing to always be perfect. So much I could say – so much on my heart. Thank you God for the vision of Light – the Star – something worth seeking. I love the fact that God uses science over and over to prove scriptures of the bible.
    Happy Birthday Jesus!

    1. Michel Williams says:

      Thank you Carolyn! I love that song, So Will I, by Hillsong United that says, “all nature and science will follow the sound of his voice.” It so true! Love you and miss you!

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