a heartful of hope

I felt the tears before I knew they were mine, I felt them with surprise even as I watched tears pouring from her eyes with every word she spoke. She was pouring her heart out to me as friends do, and I understood her pain, as caring friends do. My sympathies, however, ran deeper than my friend could possibly know. This was something no one could know, lest it become real in the sharing and that is something too dangerous to risk. My friend did not know that I understood her pain so perfectly, so completely, because I shared it personally, it was my own as well.

She was grieving, mourning her loss, something I hadn’t the courage to admit I felt – the daily grief caused by the absence of her child. The power of sorrow over a life mourning a death is greater than we want to acknowledge. My friend’s child was not dead however, but their relationship was. She did not see or hear from her child, so the result was the same. Grief, loss, sadness, pain, – mourning daily for the loss of her child in her life, while clinging desperately to memories of happier times.

Odd that the pain is sharper, deeper, heavier, when mourning the loss of the living than when mourning the loss of the dead – but I find this to be true. Yet even in grief there is hope. And it is hope that sustains the broken heart. 1 Thessalonians 4:13 tells us that we do not need to grieve “as those who have no hope.” Here Paul is speaking of grief for those who have died, reminding believers that we will see our loved ones again in heaven. All is not lost.

Still, loss is painful. I think of so many things I would like to do with or say to or ask my mom, now regretting that I let those opportunities pass by while she was still here. Grieving for the living can contain a different kind of hope, if I choose to focus on the hope of possibility instead of the despair of the present moment. Hope is possible because,

” . . . with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26)

This is the hope that sustains during the dark days of waiting on God’s perfect timing to bestow His miracles of reconciliation and restoration of dead relationships, bringing them back to life again. I have this hope because my Heavenly Father is,

“the God who gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were.” (Romans 4:17)

I have many friends at the moment who are mourning the living every day, and it is a heavy burden to bear. Today my tears mingled with those of my friend as we shared each other’s sorrows, continuing something women have done for centuries – bearing one another’s burdens.

It is interesting that the final words in the Old Testament are these,

“He (God) will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers;” (Malachi 4:6)

Then there were four hundred years of silence until Jesus came. That’s a long time to sustain hope, but God is faithful. He was at work in the years of silence then. He is at work in the years of silence now. May God fill my heart and your hearts, dear readers, with His hope, today and everyday until He comes again.

sincerely, Grace Day

a change of heart/time for a transplant

I wrote recently of my reluctance to receive the heart transplant that my Heavenly Father is willing and ready to give me. (a heartfelt confession) He knows I desperately need it. He’s just waiting on me to ask for it and make myself available to accept His gift of a new, improved heart. I find God’s promise to me in Ezekiel 36:26,

“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.”

God’s offer has no expiration date – but I think I should take Him up on it soon – before my stony heart becomes too heavy and too hardened, keeping me from truly living. Getting a new heart is like getting a whole new life, which is what my Heavenly Father wants to give me. My new heart of flesh will be like the good soil heart in the parable of the Sower in Luke chapter eight. The good soil heart is soft and broken up and ready to receive the seed, which is the Word of God. A good soil heart is a heart of flesh, soft and penetrable, able to let God and others in, able to love God, able to love other people.

A hardened, stony heart can’t do any of those things – let God in, let His word in, let other people in, care about other people, love them, love God. A hard heart doesn’t feel much pain, but it doesn’t feel much joy either, or much of anything for that matter. That’s no way to go through life, numb and alone. No wonder my Heavenly Father wants to give me and you and everyone a heart transplant. He knows how much each one of us needs the new heart that He wants to give us, a heart that will enable us to experience the abundant life He created us to live and wants to see us live.

King David desired that new heart which he knew only God could give him. In Psalm 51:10 David cried out to God,

“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.”

God doesn’t want to just tidy up my current soiled, rocky heart – no, this is not a clean-up job – nor a renovation. David asks God to create a new heart in him, and that means something brand-new, that means a transplant! God doesn’t just improve upon what we already have, He wants to give us new life with a new heart. This requires creating something from nothing – which just happens to be God’s specialty. Take a look around you at the universe if you have any doubts.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

This new heart that God is giving me has some great perks. One is plenty of room for storing up God’s Living Word.

“I have hidden Your word in my heart that I might not sin against You.” (Psalm 119:11)

Another is being soft enough to let God’s laws in – in fact, God says, “I will put My laws in their minds and write them on their hearts.” (Hebrews 8:10)

My new, God-given heart will have the ability to obey the command, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart . . .” My old heart is described in Jeremiah 17:9 like this,

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked. Who can know it?”

God does. God knows my heart – which is why He knows I need for Him to create a new one in me, just like David asked Him to do. I am ready – ready for a change of heart that only my Heavenly Father can give me. February, heart month, is almost over, so today is the day I will ask,

Lord, create in me a clean heart, a new heart, a good-soil heart, a heart of flesh, a heart that hides Your word within and has Your laws written on it, a heart so broken it has plenty of room for You to fill it with Your presence, and I – I will trust in You with all my heart – with all of my brand new heart!

sincerely, Grace Day

pondering the imponderable

Today I find myself wondering, why is it that the thing we most desire for ourselves is the very thing we are the least willing to give to others? I am talking about mercy or forgiveness. This commodity, while in great demand, too often seems to be in short supply. Maybe this is because mercy can be quite expensive. Forgiveness is costly. Just ask Jesus.

I am reminded of the story told in Matthew 18 about a king settling accounts with his servants. One of his servants owed him ten thousand talents, an amount that could never be repaid even if he worked his entire life to pay off the debt. This servant begged the king for mercy and “The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go.” (Matthew 18:27) Amazing! The servant was forgiven the debt he owed. He was free!

This makes what happens next in the story truly surprising. “But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii. (a few dollars) . . . ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded. His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.’ But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt.” (Matthew 18:28-30)

The man who had asked for mercy and received it, then turned around and refused mercy to the person who asked it of him. And to make matters worse, the debt the servant had been forgiven was huge, insurmountable actually. The debt his fellow servant owed him was so small as to be insignificant by comparison. And yet he couldn’t even show mercy for such a small debt or offense?

I think of what Jesus said to His disciples in Matthew 10:8, “Freely you have received, freely give.”

Jesus has forgiven me the huge debt of my sin – “If I confess my sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive me my sins and purify me from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9) Why can’t I then find it in my heart to forgive those who have sinned against, hurt, wronged or offended me?

Giving mercy isn’t optional for those of us who have received mercy. “Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. . . . For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” (Matthew 6:12, 14-15)

And that’s exactly how the story in Matthew 18 ends. Remember, the forgiven servant refused to forgive his fellow servant, instead having him thrown into jail. We pick up the story there, “Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ In anger his master turned him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed. This is how My heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart.” (Matthew 18:32-35)

So, there it is. We most desire to be treated mercifully by others, but we are not willing to extend that same mercy to those who have wronged us. Peter asked this question of Jesus, ” ‘Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?’ Jesus answered, ‘I tell you, not seven times, but seventy times seven.’ ” (Matthew 18:21-22)

In other words, there is no limit on mercy. In Colossians 3:13, I am instructed to “Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you (I) may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you (me).”

My debt has been forgiven. Jesus paid it on the cross by shedding His blood to pay my sin debt. Forgiveness is costly. Jesus paid that cost and set me free. That’s the other thing about forgiveness – it sets us free – both the forgiver and the forgiven are set free when mercy is given. I may not always feel like forgiving those who have hurt me, but simply remembering how God has forgiven me, allows me to do what I otherwise might not be able to do on my own.

I never have to worry about running out of forgiveness. My Heavenly Father’s supply of mercy is limitless. “His mercies never fail. They are new every morning;” (Lamentations 3:22-23)

Lord, I so desperately desire Your mercy, may I never deny mercy to anyone.

sincerely, Grace Day

a heartfelt confession

It seems I’ve been writing a lot about matters of the heart lately, but that’s understandable when you realize that it is February – the month of Valentine’s Day, the month dedicated to all things heart. So it is not surprising that I should be reflecting on these words from Ezekiel today, where God says to His people, the Israelites,

“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” (Ezekiel 36:26)

This is supposed to be a good thing – a heart of flesh. We often use the expression “soft-hearted” in describing a person and it is meant as a compliment. Conversely, we say someone is “hard-hearted” when they seem uncaring or unsympathetic to the people around them or when they are actually hurtful to others.

This would explain why God wants us to have hearts of flesh – He wants us to have the capacity to care about others. A stony heart can’t do that. A stony heart doesn’t have feelings.

My Heavenly Father wants to give me the gift of a new heart, a new and improved softer heart of flesh. However, I have to confess to you now, dear readers, that I find myself hanging on to my all too often stony heart. Why am I so reluctant to accept this free gift of a new heart, a heart more pleasing to God? Could it be that I am more comfortable with my stony heart? It does afford me a certain measure of protection. Not too much gets through a hard, stony barrier.

Pain doesn’t pierce a stony heart like it does a heart of flesh. So, my stony heart protects me in a sense, from some of life’s heartache. Maybe I don’t want to leave my heart open and vulnerable? Who will defend my heart if it is no longer stone? Do I trust that the Giver of my new heart will also be its defender, protector, holder, healer and redeemer? Or would I rather rely on the accumulated stones in my heart for protection?

Heavenly Father, sometimes it’s too painful to care, too heavy of a burden to carry. Hearts of flesh are wounded so much easier and much more deeply than hearts of stone – I guess that’s why I hang onto my stony heart so hard. It is just too hard, too painful to have a heart like Yours and to care like You care – You must be sad all the time as You watch what we do to each other – and yet You love us still.

It is a courageous calling that comes with Your gift of a new heart – am I too much a coward to accept Your new heart gift and too much a doubter to trust that You will always be there to bind up the broken-hearted wounds inevitable for all hearts of flesh? – which You know all too well, Your own heart being broken for all mankind on Calvary and breaking still till each and every wayward child of Yours finds their way home to You.

Why would You offer me a heart of flesh, knowing how deep the wounds that come with caring will be? Is it because You know a secret both true and sure? – that there are spaces created in the breaking of a heart that Your Presence occupies, filling the heart with joy and gladness, hope and healing, peace and purpose, love that lasts.

A heart of stone, intact and impenetrable, has no wounds, no holes, no broken spaces. Therefore, it has no room for Your Presence, nor room for joy to enter in and settle down. Lord, You know the heart of flesh You want to give me will suffer many wounds and often be broken. But You know this is the only kind of heart that has room for You to come in and make Yourself at home. So yes, Lord, give me the heart of flesh You promised Your people in Ezekiel. Pain must come in order to make room for joy.

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:18)

sincerely, Grace Day

a day to take heart

Well, it’s Valentine’s Day – a day to celebrate love in all its glorious forms. While romantic love gets top billing, phileo, or friendship love and agape, or self-sacrificing love, are also a part of this day dedicated to love and matters of the heart. Valentine’s Day is a day of cards, candy, flowers, flowery love poems and hearts – always hearts.

It is believed the first Valentine ever sent was from Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife. He wrote to her, penning a romantic poem, while imprisoned in the Tower of London in 1415. It must have been well received, because we are still sending Valentines to this day. Valentine’s Day can be cause for celebration, or it can be cause for heartache for those whose special love is no longer here or for those whom love has hit and run, leaving wounds that have not healed. (some hurts even chocolate can’t heal)

For the broken hearted, Valentine’s Day may be the most dreaded day of all the days on the calendar. It is a day reminding those of us with hurting hearts of the love we lack, painfully pointing it out for all to see. And yet, there is hope for the hurting heart, not just on Valentine’s Day but on every day of the year. Psalm 34:18 reassures me,

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Then I am reminded what God says in Jeremiah 31:3,

“I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness.”

That’s what we all search for, long for, wait for our entire lives isn’t it? – a love so strong as to be everlasting – a love that doesn’t wear out or get bored or give up on us. That’s how God loves you and me, dear readers. He loves us with an inexhaustible love, a love that says to us,

“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5)

If you’ve been looking your whole life for that one great love, consider these words from John 15:13,

“Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” That’s exactly what Jesus did for you and for me. He laid down His life so that we might live.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

Valentine’s Day is all about love and about the heart. God is the maker of our hearts and the author and initiator of true love in every life. God has revealed His love for us in His love letter to the world, the Bible. (maybe the Bible is actually the first Valentine – it certainly contains some love poetry) In the Bible, God proclaims His love for us and reveals His plan to redeem us, His intention to return for us and what it will be like when He takes us to be with Him forever.

“Now the dwelling of God is with men, and He will live with them. They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelation 21:3-4)

We have a romantic, dramatic rescue in our future, which is described in Revelation 20:11-14 like this,

“I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice He judges and makes war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on His head are many crowns. He has a name written on Him that no one knows but He Himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and His name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following Him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean.”

Loved with an everlasting love, rescued by Someone both Faithful and True riding in on a white horse to save me – the Bible really is the ultimate love letter for all time, and it was written to you and to me! This Valentine’s Day we might be in the midst of trials and troubles – but we can take heart – our Deliverer is coming and He will make good on every single promise. Jesus says to us,

“In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

Jesus, the only One strong enough to protect my heart, strong enough to hold my heart securely – the only Person gentle enough not to completely crush my heart in the process. Jesus said,

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in Me. In My Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with Me that you also may be where I am.” (John 14:1-3)

take heart! – the Rider of the white horse is returning for me and for you – He has overcome the world and He has not forgotten us – we have His love letter – I am His valentine, you are His valentine!

sincerely, Grace Day


very powerful stuff – TNT – isn’t it? A compound kind of like dynamite, used to blow stuff up, that’s TNT. Recently, I had an encounter of my own with TNT – a very powerful encounter as would be expected. But it’s not what you’re thinking, dear readers. Full disclosure – my TNT experience was “tea and talk” with good friends who invited me to TNT for my birthday. And let me just say, there’s nothing like hot tea and warm words on a cold day to revive the soul and warm the heart. (and really good cake helps, too – making life sweet) Our time of TNT did just that for me and so much more.

Now tea and talk doesn’t have to be just for special occasions, it can take place on the most ordinary of days turning them into memorable dates. I have found there is power in the tea and talk TNT, just as there is power in the chemical TNT to change things, to change the world. When women get together and talk over tea, things can happen. Ideas are exchanged, problems presented, solutions proposed, plans made, all over tea and talk. I have to wonder if perhaps women during the suffragette era, didn’t do their plotting and their planning over tea parties?

Tea parties would have been considered an acceptable pastime for women in those days. Men didn’t understand that the talk portion of the TNT could be explosive, as women discussed the important issues of the day. (today we call them “hot topics”) Then talk would naturally turn to possible actions needed to resolve problems or to change needed in current ways of doing things or to changing existing laws or to making new ones, if necessary. (which is what was needed to give women the right to vote – a constitutional amendment) Women have been changing the world one tea party at a time for centuries, if truth be told.

Of course, sometimes the issues talked about are more personal in nature, but still explosive and life changing, nevertheless. During tea and talk, women find the support of other women as they face life’s inevitable challenges. We find encouragement, wisdom, advice, comfort and courage in our time spent together over tea as we discuss our life’s struggles, our life goals and purposes. In this powerful time of TNT, we find renewed strength to go back out there and change the world for the better one day at a time. TNT can be explosive, but it is at the same time a safe space. I think these words from Proverbs describe tea and talk well,

“Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of one’s friend springs from his (her) earnest counsel.” (Proverbs 27:9) The NLT translation says it this way,

“The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense.”

I couldn’t agree more! And that’s what happens during tea and talk – we each give and receive heartfelt counsel. And heartfelt, Godly, true counsel encourages women to become women who change the world one tea party at a time. Yes, there’s explosive power in TNT.

thank You, Lord, for all the wisdom and Godly counsel I receive from my sisters over tea and talk!

sincerely, Grace Day

a heart full of holes

Do you ever feel like your heart is Swiss cheese? – full of holes and empty spaces. What I desire is a holy heart but what I have instead is a holey heart, a heart full of holes acquired over time. How did this happen? It happens when people walk in and out of my life. I let them in, they take up space in my heart and I am the better for their company. The human heart has infinite capacity to expand, to grow, to allow more people into the place where one’s true self resides. But when death or circumstance or choice (the most painful of the possibilities) take these precious ones away, my heart is left with empty spaces – holes that no one can fill, save the one who first created the space and filled it as only they could do.

Each person’s departure leaves another unfillable hole – an emptiness that persists despite new spaces being created (if I dare let anymore in, lest they depart as well, adding yet more holes to a heart already full of empty spaces) Ironic, hearts can be so full of so many things – is being full of empty holes being full at all? Can one be full of emptiness?

I would rather my heart be full of love, joy, hope, peace, kindness, compassion – all things good and noble. Trouble is, I can’t fill my own heart. It was God who filled King David’s heart with good things. I read in Psalm 4:7 David’s words to God,

“You have filled my heart with greater joy than when their grain and new wine abound.”

Jesus can and will fill my heart if I let Him, empty holes and all. Ephesians 1:22-23 tells me this about Jesus,

“And God placed all things under His feet and appointed Him to be head over everything for the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills everything in every way.”

Jesus fills everything in every way – that would include my heart. When I am feeling empty, feeling holey rather than holy, I remember these words from Colossians 2:9-10,

“For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you (I) have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.”

This is good news to somebody like me with a Swiss cheese heart full of holes. And there’s more good news. Jesus told His disciples this,

“If anyone loves Me, he will obey My teaching. My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.” (John 14:23)

Make their home with me? A home is permanence. Jesus isn’t going to go, leaving behind a vacant hole, an unfillable void, like others have done in the past. In fact, He promises –

“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5) And Jesus told His disciples this,

“And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever – the Spirit of truth.” (John 14:16) forever! When Jesus enters into my life and my heart, He comes to stay. He will not add another hole to my heart. He will fill and heal all the holes I have been living with for so long. I do not have to be afraid to let Him in.

Jesus tears down the walls I have built up over time to keep others out, lest they in time depart, leaving yet another hole where once their presence dwelled. Jesus removes the stones that accumulate with each loss, hardening my heart against any would be hole-makers.

“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” (Ezekiel 36:26)

A makeover, just what my holey heart needs! And a good cleaning, nothing good collects in those empty holes that so easily fill with hurt, sadness, longing, despair, or worse, envy, anger, bitterness, loneliness – when Christ comes to stay, He banishes all these even as He fills my every hole with His all-consuming Presence. He cleans out and He fills up my holey heart –

“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10)

“You will fill me with joy in Your presence, with eternal pleasures at Your right hand.” (Psalm 16:11)

There is hope for my holey heart today. My Heavenly Father has offered to make His home there and promises never to leave, but to heal and to fill with His infinite Presence – and something more – to guard my heart.

“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7)

the answer to transforming my holey heart to a holy heart is in the song I sang so many years ago as a child –

“Into my heart, into my heart, come into my heart, Lord Jesus; come in today, come in to stay, come into my heart, Lord Jesus.”

sincerely, Grace Day

still starstruck

Today I find myself still stuck on the stars, after writing about them in my last post. Stars are mysterious, magical, fantastical points of light in our night sky. Van Gogh painted them, the Wise Men followed one, and Jiminy Cricket tells us in song that we can “wish upon a star, makes no difference who we are.” Now other songs are playing in my mind, “Catch a falling star and put it in your pocket, save it for a rainy day” and probably the first star song I ever learned – “twinkle, twinkle little star, how I wonder what you are. Up above the world so high, like a diamond in the sky.”

People have been wondering about, writing about, wishing upon, watching and following the stars since time began. Astronomers study them and Astrologers use them to make predictions. Today, it occurs to me that in our current culture, people don’t just want to write about and sing about the stars, they want to be a star. We live in a starstruck culture. People are obsessed with movie stars, rock stars, sports stars, superstars of any kind. Everyone wants to be a star nowadays. Maybe that’s because we want to be known and we want to know we matter. We believe being a star is the only way we can be known and know that we have value.

Unfortunately, in our culture, being a star doesn’t seem to satisfy those that achieve this status. They too often remain unhappy and continually searching for the validation that we all desire as human beings. Guess they are looking in the wrong place for what they so desperately desire – recognition and validation. Oh, to be a star! We know that God calls every star by name. (Psalm 147:4) But God also knows our names. We are each one a star in our own right to God, our Heavenly Father and Creator!

Isn’t that great news? We are already stars in God’s universe, which means we are known and have infinite value. Psalm 8 explains,

“When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have set in place, what is man that You are mindful of him, the son of man that You care for him? You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. You made him ruler over the works of Your hands; You put everything under his feet: all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas.” (Psalm 8:3-8)

God “crowned us with glory and honor” as those He created in His image. For all of us aspiring to be stars in our culture these next words might prove particularly illuminating. (pun intended)

“Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life – in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing.” (Philippians 2:14-16)

So, I can shine like a star in the universe by holding out the word of life and – there’s something else I must do – “do everything without complaining or arguing,” Ok, so no one said being a star was easy. Being a star is hard work, but God created you and me to be stars of light in this dark world. That’s our job. He said, “You are the light of the world. . . . let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16)

Just as God’s stars in heaven light up the darkness of the night sky, we as God’s stars here on earth, are to light up our dark world wherever He has put us. In this starstruck, starsearch world, we are points of light, called to shine brightly, so that – just as the star-studded constellations in the night sky help travelers find their way home – your starlight and my starlight will help others find their way to God.

That’s the true purpose of a star – not to be admired by others – but to shine our God given light into the darkness, sharing the light of Christ with everyone. Just as God created stars to be light in the night – we, as God’s stars, are created to be His light in His world!

“He also made the stars. God set them in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good.” (Genesis 1:16-18)

sincerely, Grace Day