“Twinkle, twinkle, little star, How I wonder what you are. Up above the world so high, Like a diamond in the sky.” That little song is currently on my granddaughter’s top 10 list of favorite tunes and I enjoy singing it to her whenever I have the opportunity. She’s 21 months old, so this season will be filled with joy and excitement as she discovers the wonder of Christmas. How I love this time of year as the sights and sounds, the aroma and spirit of the season fill our hearts, our homes and our neighborhoods. Ever since I can remember, my heart—like Eliza’s—has stirred with the magic of twinkling lights. So, I’m looking forward to sharing the glow of this season with her as we enjoy neighborhood light displays, strands of tiny white sparkles adorning the Christmas tree, dancing lights of flickering candles scattered throughout the house, and the warm glow from the fireplace. No matter what may be stirring around me, those lights bring a sense of calm, a spirit of peace, and a flicker of joy to brighten even the darkest moments. A few days ago, Eliza and her daddy came to visit. It was one of those beautiful, cool evenings; the sky was clear and stars were scattered, like confetti, across the heavens. Twinkling lights set in place by our Creator, to pierce through the darkness of night as they ignite a spark of wonder and worship, provide a sense of direction, offer a promise of hope, and generate a spirit of peace. As Eliza looked up to see the twinkling stars she knows from her nursery rhyme, her daddy began to tell her about the way in which the stars create pictures in the sky and even help travelers find their way. There’s another guiding star we’ll tell Eliza about: the Star of Bethlehem. Replicas of this shining light adorn Christmas trees and light up nativity scenes, as we join our voices and sing, “Oh holy night, the stars are brightly shining; it is the night of our dear Savior’s birth.” Scripture tells us a star announced the birth of Jesus and served as a guiding light for the Magi. With the star firmly in focus, these wise men found their way to the one for whom they were searching—a king worthy of their precious gifts, their adoration, and their worship. Eliza’s young mind is just beginning to grasp the beauty and wonder of God’s creation. She may not understand all we’re sharing about guiding lights in the sky and in our lives. So, we’re planting seeds as we draw her into this most special time of year, a season of light, a season of love, a season of joy, a season of hope, and a season of promise. We will celebrate the One who came to show us the way to have a personal, everlasting relationship with God—the Father of Light. He came for me, He came for Eliza, and He came for you. No matter how lost you feel or how dark it seems at times, He is there to show us the way—His way. Emmanuel: God with us. My Christmas wish for you? That you will pause from the busyness of the season to look up and look within. To find God’s guiding light to lead you on your own personal journey and help you stay the course. Take time to look beyond the tinsel and wrappings and through the darkness you may experience to find the true light that will warm your heart and illumine your path. Make your way with the shepherds to kneel at the manger in wonder and worship. Join with the angels to fill the heavens with joyous songs of celebration. Open your heart to receive the gift He has so freely given. Then consider what you will offer Him this Christmas Season as you celebrate His birth. “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). May the light of God’s love fill your heart with peace and joy this Christmas. Nancy Williams, LPC maintains a counseling, coaching, and consulting practice and is the author of “Secrets to Parenting Your Adult Child” (Bethany House, 2011). Send comments or questions to her at www.nancywilliams.net.

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