Spiritual Practice

Following a Star

Gene Bradbury

Amanda was a follower rather than a leader. She read celebrity magazines; she looked up to models and actors, who were stars in her world. The wise men in the Christmas story did not worship the star over Bethlehem. The star was a sign, leading the way to the promised one. In our society, some stars are worshiped while others bear witness.

They set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising.
Matthew 2:9b (NRSV)

I remember Larry, who was an athlete and popular with his classmates, not for his athletic abilities but for his thoughtfulness and kindness. On his way home from school one day, Larry saw a crowd of people gathered in a field. As their shouts grew louder, Larry heard trouble in the air. David, a shy young man, was often the focus of jeers and ridicule. When Larry arrived at the scene, he saw David on the ground, covering his face. The crowd was cheering as another boy kicked David again and again. Without hesitating, Larry jumped in and stopped the fight. The crowd dispersed. Larry helped David to his feet and walked him home. Larry was an athletic star, but he was also a star leading the way, a witness and a blessing to others.


PRAYER: Gracious God, give each of us the courage to shine the light of your love on others, even in difficult circumstances. Amen.

—from devozine (November/December 2015). Copyright © 2015 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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