Star Gazing – Advent Day 12

Star Gazing

Take a drive on a clear night and enjoy some of the Christmas lights around your neighborhood. End the evening by spending some time exploring the night sky, one of God’s most beautiful creations. Dress warm & bring along some blankets & hot cocoa as it may take a half an hour for your eyes to fully adjust to the dark so you’ll see the most stars.

While gazing at the stars, try some of these suggested discussion questions:

  • What helps you to find your way in the dark?507px-Milky_Way_from_Flickr
  • Can you count the number of stars that you see?
  • What do you notice about the moon?
  • Share your hopes & dreams with each other as you gaze at the night sky.
  • How does it feel to know that God who created the galaxies and placed each star in the sky knows all about you, even the number of hairs on your head?

Read Matthew 1:18-25, Luke 2: 1-20, Isaiah 9:2-6.

  • What stirs in your heart as you read of the wonder of Jesus birth under the night sky?
  • Imagine what it would have been like to have been one of those shepherds. How might you have reacted to the angel’s message?
  • What does it mean that Jesus is Immanuel, God with us?
  • How does Jesus help you to find your way in a darkened world? How does Jesus bring us hope?

Close in prayer under the night sky!

Loving Creator, thank you for the beauty and wonder of the night sky. Help us to take time each day to appreciate your amazing creation. As the stars and moon light up this dark night, we are reminded to give you thanks for sending Jesus to help us find our way in this darkened world. In His name we pray. Amen.

According to earthsky.org, tonight may be a perfect night for star gazing! The last meteor shower of 2012 will be the Geminids, peaking late night December 13 until dawn December 14.  The meteor shower often produces 50 or more meteors per hour. Check out this link for more information:  http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/earthskys-meteor-shower-guide

In what ways have you experienced the beauty and wonder of the night sky?  How does Jesus help you find your way in this darkened world?  Click ‘leave a comment’ or ‘reply here’ to share your story!

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Spiritual Formation Director at Faith United Methodist Church in North Canton, Ohio
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