In the quiet of the early morning, when the world is still and dark and cold, my heart is warmed by the sacred mystery that is Christmas. I light a fire in the chiminea and wait for the sun to come up.
Dawn always comes. That’s the first promise that was ever made to humanity. The second is that the sun will set. But the third promise is that moon and stars will soon rise — that out of the darkness will emerge a nighttime sun to guide our way and dots of light for us to connect into mythical constellations.
Moon and stars tell the first redemption story that ever was. How fitting that the most famous redemption story of all time begins with the rising of an auspicious star.