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Truth revealed in stars



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November 12, 2008
It's those stars again! For two hours I had racked my brain for something to share—something both timely and time-tested—something worth your while and mine.

Nothing. I gave up and went to bed. After two more hours, I gave up on sleep and headed for the spare bedroom so at least Mike could get some sleep.

And sure enough, when I looked out that window—the one which makes elusive sleep worth waiting for—there were those stars again, sentinels to the truth that though much had changed in the last couple of weeks, the creator and sustainer of the universe had not.

For some reason, that computer file which had recently been accessed—the one containing memories of my two-year teaching career-was still open. I found myself fondly remembering the "runs of four" in my classroom over that two-year period—Druanne, Terry, Todd, and Tony Bloemsma; Terry, Scott, Doug, and Danny Bosch; and Debbie, Dawn, Doug, and Dennis VanDyk.

A look back makes me think that for the most part families were units in which kids' playmates were their siblings, and maybe their cousins, along with a few other friends whose moms and dads they called aunts and uncles.

By contrast, there's the world I see today—where kids have maybe a sibling or two, Grandmas and Grandpas live half a continent away, and cousins barely know each other; where neighbors don't neighbor, and local grocers have to compete with superstores.

The thought flitted across my mind—that we had traded away "the good old days" for something too impersonal. Or... had we upgraded to something far more sophisticated? Better, maybe?

Who can say? Probably we can't go back. To move forward with any sense of direction and belonging, however, begs to be grounded in something. As I looked out over that vast array of stars, I knew what it was; and nothing says it better than Psalm 90. Paraphrased, it begins like this: "Lord, through all the generations, you have been our home! Before the mountains were born, before you gave birth to the earth and the world; from beginning to end, you are God.'' (NLT)

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