AN ADVENT STORY
The little star that did something really GREAT!
Once upon a time, in the midst of a dark night, a small star was born. It came into being like a tiny pinprick of light, and if you had looked up into the night-sky from your home you wouldn’t have seen the little star - so very small it was. This little star was an ordinary little star and lived in a place somewhere between the sun and the moon. In this place there also lived many other stars of all different ages. Some stars were a few hundred years old and some one million-billion years old! And some, like the little star, were only a few days old.
As the little star started to grow it noticed how all the other stars, whether old or young, were very much the same: they looked the same (like a star), they all had the same colour (white), and they all did the same job ( twinkle in the sky). ‘Strange’, thought the little star, ‘how all the stars I ever meet look the same and do the same thing.’ Whenever it met another star, the little star asked, ‘what do you do?’ And always the same answer came: ‘I twinkle’. ‘Hmmmm,’ thought the little star, ‘this isn’t very exciting!’ And it decided that one day it was going to be doing something really GREAT.
Whilst the little star travelled through the dark night sky, thinking about all the stars who were doing the same job and thinking that one day it was going to be doing something really GREAT, something of great importance was happening on the earth.
The world was preparing for the long-awaited birth of a baby. There was a big kerfuffle about where the birth was to take place: maybe it was to take place in a house, or maybe it was somewhere out in a different place, a stable even! Lots and lots of people were very interested to know when this baby was to be born, and where, for they were thinking of bringing the baby presents, and celebrating the baby’s birth with its parents, Mary and Joseph. It was a very busy time for Mary and Joseph too, as they made everything ready to welcome the baby into the world.
All the while the little star kept twinkling with all the other stars, but secretly wishing that it would be doing something really GREAT!
As the time grew near for this special new baby’s birth, a meeting was held in the heavens. At that meeting were some very important angels and some very important stars. They talked about when this baby, who would bring love and who would be a true light to everyone on earth, was born, important angels and stars would be needed to help let everyone know it had arrived. It was decided that the angels would be the messengers of this glad news, and that an angel-choir was also needed. The Morning Star, whose starlight was the strongest and the brightest among all the other stars, was given the task to shine over the place of the baby’s birth for everyone to see.
As you can imagine, the news of the Morning Star’s very special moment spread across the sky and was heard by the little star who so much wanted to be doing something as GREAT as this! But it was not to be, because the little star was simply too tiny and not ready to shine very bright and very strong.
The time for the birth drew nearer, and on Christmas night Mary gave birth to a baby boy, whose name she called Jesus. The angels woke the shepherds up and told them to get up and go and worship the baby. Some distance away there were three wise men who also received the news that Jesus was born and they wanted to travel to give him very beautiful gifts. The very bright and strong light of the Morning Star showed the shepherds and the wise men the way.
The little star was in the sky twinkling away but not happily so, when it thought: ‘I really want to see the Morning Star’s bright light. Maybe I can learn to shine so bright. And when I’m with the Morning Star, I can see the baby and all the people who come to worship it.’
The little star sneaked away from its place, and got closer and closer to where the Morning Star was. The little star got so close that it heard the angels sing with great joy! The little star then saw where Jesus was laid. Instead of staying close to the Morning Star, the little star shot past it. It got closer and closer… past the mountains, past the trees, past the roof, past the animals, past the shepherds, past the wise men, past Mary and Joseph, past the crib, until it looked into the eyes of baby Jesus who saw the little star and smiled. The little star was so filled with love and joy that it stayed to twinkle just above Jesus’ head, and it remained there. The little star’s light shone so that everyone could easily recognise that this baby was the baby Jesus.
On that most holy night, the little star did something really GREAT!
— A story told to children (and adults) on Sunday 16 December 2018 by Marja van Breda