"It was many years ago," the
fast aging star whose name was North said to me one night, "when
I was the one chosen to light the way to the Savior's
"Really," I said smiling, "it
was you who led the Magi to Bethlehem?"
"Yes," the star insisted, "it
was a time of war and hatred when the entire world was broken and
torn. I was but a child then, a nothing cast into the inky black
of night. I remember the other stars would taunt me for I was not
as beautiful as I am now."
I sat there on my front porch
watching my new found friend stretching out into the night sky. A
bright white light emanated from its core and pierced the
"Do tell me more," I answered,
"it seems I have a bit of time to listen."
"I was here as I have always
been," North said glistening a little brighter, "but it seems my
fellow stars were all so much more beautiful and brighter than I.
They would call me little no light or the burned out starling. It
hurt so much that I more and more would keep to myself. My fate
seemed to be one of mundane obscurity and I had accepted this
fact to be true. The only friend that I really had was Mr. Moon
he tried to console me and at times told the most wonderful
stories. Time passed as it had from the beginning and I watched
the earth below with a curiosity spawned from boredom."
"You were not as bright then as
you are now?" I asked my friend.
"Oh, no!" the star exclaimed,
"My true beauty came later. The other stars and I had received
word from the Creator that He was sending an Angel to choose one
of us to be the guiding star when the Baby Jesus was born. The
Creator said the baby would bring peace, love, and salvation to
mankind. This news caused a bit of excitement among my brother
and sister stars; it also caused conflict, jealousy, and
animosity to occur. For you see to them they believed they had
the brightest most beautiful light and should be given the honor
as lighter of the way."
"Did you not feel worthy of the
privilege?"I asked in astonishment.
"No the others taunting me all
that time had made me feel inferior." North explained in her
strong yet gentle voice. "I had no hopes of every being selected
so I waited and watched in anticipation as did the others. It was
on December 23 of that year when Gabriel came to visit us. He
caused quite a stir among the heavens and all who saw him seemed
to love him. Why even some of the lady stars blushed as he
presented himself to them. The mood was very festive and he
praised each of the stars for shining so magnificently." North
finished and paused for a moment stretching his beams out a
"That must have been truly
amazing," I said completely absorbed by the story.
"Yes it was." North replied
smiling, "It was then that Gabriel came to my side and looked me
up and down right proper. I did try to shine a little brighter
but to no avail. I apologized to him and told him this was the
best I could do. Gabriel touched me gently and smiled.
"It will be you my friend he said to me that will herald the way
to the Savior. When it is time say these words, behold a Savior
is born unto thee, and God will take care of the rest."
I was in shock and started to protest, but Gabriel had already
gone. He had flown back to heaven as quickly as he had
"Really," I exclaimed, "that
must have been so wonderful!"
"Not at the time," North
answered, "but later yes. On December 24 I watched as Mary and
Joseph made their way to Bethlehem. She was so very beautiful and
I remember the peaceful look on her face. I tried ever so hard to
become brighter so they might see better, but nothing happened. I
observed their entry into Bethlehem and watched as the babe was
born in a stable. Then as I was instructed to do by Gabriel I
spoke the words, behold a Savior is born unto thee, and the most
amazing thing occurred. I could feel a heat rising inside my core
and a new brilliance lit up the sky. Each time I repeated the
words I continued to grow warmer and my light increased as well.
The other stars marveled at my new found zeal and energy. I
stretched my light as far as I could and bathed the child in that
wondrous light. He was the most precious sight I have or will
"Such a lovely story," I sighed
smiling at North.
"They came from far and near to
see Him. Across the sands of time and destiny they followed my
light to their new King of salvation and love."