Following the Star


The Spirit of God oftentimes comes to us so quietly that we have to lean in to hear the soft voice that beckons us.

Lean in. Cup a hand around your ear and focus. Give up the need to understand and care only to hear.

Still your mind. Breathe deep. Be ready for whatever may come to inspire you.


I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord!”

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May they prosper who love you. Peace be within your walls, and security within your towers.”

For the sake of my relatives and friends I will say, “Peace be within you.”

For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek your good.

Psalm 122:1,6-9


Saturday night turned into a total loss. You thought you had it all planned out, and it was going to be epic fun.

But then one person had to back out and another and another until it’s just you and one last friend, hanging out in your basement watching TV. There’s nothing on, but you don’t care, and you’re too disappointed about how things worked out to even see if there’s anything worth streaming. Then your friend quietly turns to you and says, “Hey, we can always go to church tomorrow. Want to?”

And that’s how you ended up in a worship service today. There’s music about the promises of God and you are encouraged. There’s talk of peace and you can feel it. There’s this strange quietness that tells you God is seeking your best, and the very best for everyone else as well.

Nick Foster


God, I pray for peace, for a peace that fills the whole world starting right here where I am now. Help me to feel your peace and share it with everyone. Amen.


Listen with your heart.
Your ears may deceive you,
But your heart is the kinder guide.

There is a softness in the air;
The word travels lightly in the wind.
Still then your feet for only a moment,
And feel the message all around.