For the fourth year, we are going to undertake the spiritual practice of receiving a StarWord. On January 06, during worship you were invited to come forward to choose a star with your guiding word for the year.

You can let the Spirit do her work and with eyes closed you simply pick a star and make it your own. You can search through the pile a bit and find the word that speaks to your heart. You can look at it right away or stuff it in your pocket and find it in the wash tomorrow. You can do whatever you want with it…but, I encourage you to let this be a word that guides and illuminates your entire year.

I don’t offer this to you to give you just one more thing to do…I offer it so you might find a few moments to simply sit with the God who so desperately longs to speak to you…and so desperately longs for you to listen.

My StarWord for this last year was “discipline.” I specifically picked this word because I knew I needed it—at work, at home, with my family. Steve preached on Christmas morning about letting God break your heart wide open to change you…StarWords are meant to do just this. I, however, once again didn’t let the Spirit do her work this year. I still struggle with managing my time, with putting guidelines in my life and actually sticking to them. I probably should pick the very same word this year! I think, however, I’ll open my heart to the Spirit and let her guide my hand. Maybe God wants to break my heart in other areas; I’m willing to stay open to wherever she leads me…

I invite you into your own journey this year; even if you weren’t in worship on the 6th, you can text/ call me and I’ll draw a word for you (or stop into church…they’ll be in a basket at the bottom of the sanctuary steps). It’s your word…and it’s waiting for you!

This year, I hope you’ll take the time to listen to God…to follow where God might be leading you; this year I hope you’ll take a StarWord, and you’ll let this one little word be a path unto following the Word born flesh in our world.

I can’t wait to hear the stories of where Jesus met you, where the Star vanquished your darkness, where the light shined, and where you emerged a new creation.

Following with you,