“I can see the star tower!”
That’s the quote coming from the back seat. The voice of my six year old son shares his anticipated discovery with joy. From his booster seat, through the tinted windows, and at an odd viewing angle, he knows there is something special to see, because he has seen it before. Although it’s not visible in the daytime, and is only activated a few weeks a year, it is beautiful in my son’s memory all the time!

Chances are, while driving along Route 495 near Ward Hill, you have seen this “beautiful” object as well. High atop the smokestack for the trash incinerating plant, next to the mounded, covered landfill, is this object of wonder.

It is a simple, five-pointed star, made out of small Christmas lights. I’m guessing it measures about 10 feet from point to point. During the small amount of time a year that it is turned on, the star is a nice point of wonder amidst the darkened sky. If the darkness and clouds are just right, one cannot see the smokestack supporting the star at all. It is simply a bright spot in a dark place, surrounded by trash.

Remember these words from Jesus;

“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.
Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl.
Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.
In the same way, let your light shine before that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16 NIV

If you are in a season of feeling like trash, or feeling like you are only worthy of smoke and fumes, remember that other’s have seen your bright faith before. And, others may still be looking to see your bright faith lit again. They need you. God needs you. Bright and standing out, it may be your faithful act of service this week that reminds someone that God loves them, no matter how dark the world may seem.

I love you all,

Pastor Aaron

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