And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. (Genesis 1:4 NRSV)

I want to give each one of you today a star. Sometimes teachers give out stars, but that is not the reason for this star. Sometimes you might get a star for being good. I think you're great, but that is not the purpose of this star. This star is a reminder that God is always with us no matter how difficult things are.

If we walked outside right now, we could not see any stars in the sky, could we, except our own sun? The sun is a star, but it is so close to us that when it is shining, we can't see any of the other stars. We have to wait until night when our part of the earth is turned away from the sun to see the other stars. On a very dark night, however, we can see beautiful stars in all their glory. That has given a lot of people hope. The darker the night, we say, the brighter the stars.

I read recently that even on a bright day, however, if you go down into a deep well where it is very dark and look up, you can see the stars. And I used my imagination. I thought, sometimes I feel very gloomy and depressed because things are not going well. It's like I am in a deep well and can't get out. But wait. If I look up, I can see the stars shining. There is still hope.

God is with us. Things are going to be all right.

Dear God, thank you for making all things good. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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