IN THE STARS


We have seen his star at its rising,
and have come to pay him homage. (Matthew 2:2)

Beyond there is beyond
further than Hubble sees
cosmic colliding matter
expansion on and on …
black holes hording
collapsed atoms storing
leaking strange energy
unseen, unknown, yet free
dark matter filling space
present everywhere
without a trace
and yet supernovas explode
stars live lives and die
fathoms of darkness abide –
and we search for God
“where are you God?”
and we plead “why?”

When I look at your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars
that you established –
what are human beings that you are
mindful of them,
mortals that you will visit them? (Psalm 8:3-4)

One woman trusted El
the One she loved and will
embrace as bride not wedded
singing, now begging she pled
finding her son in the psalms
- stars in the sky quelling qualms –
“God so far away”
“God coming to stay”

Sing praises to God, sing praises;
sing praises to our King, sing praises.
For God is the king of all the earth;
sing praises with a psalm. (Psalm 47:6)

Treasures in the psalms kept
clutched, pondering “why?”
and with joy she wept!

She treasured all this in her heart (Luke 51)

photo:advent call-Mary Kept these Things and Pondered Them in Her Heart, Lonni Clarke: A painting of Mary, mother of Jesus, viewing the Star of Bethlehem on the night of the nativity (Luke 2:19).

-Virginia M. Kimball, November 2009

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