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Friday, December 17, 2010

The Blue Star

The Blue Star that hangs bright on the east side of my barn holds my heart.

The star to the East, represents, for me, the Eastern Star that gave guidance to the wisemen and shepherd that followed it to the stable where our Saviour lay. What a gift God has given us., and reminds us each Christmas of our great fortune in knowing and receiving Him.

The Blue Star also reminds me of a humbler time in my own barn. When we first moved here 31 years ago, never did I ever dream that I would experience what I did on our 5th winter here.

It was quiet by now, the kids were all tucked into bed, knowing of the excitement of the coming morning, Christmas. We had listened to the Christmas Story in church that Christmas Eve and how the Son of God was born in a manger. You know the story.

Anyway, something struck my heart and curiosity. (Here comes the Human side, the doubting, the wondering if there was really so much truth in it all). I wondered, do the cattle really 'low,' as in the children's song, 'Away In the Manger.' Well, I just Had to Know. I think I did believe it, but never had a good enough reason to check it out before. So, just like a disbeliever, I pulled the boots on and headed to the barn to see for myself.

Let me share this, I was so excited and calmed by the presence of my cows and their young, that I could hardly contain myself. Those of you that farm are probably laughing right now knowing that the cattle sleep just like we do, calm and content, chewing away on their cuds, still. But what I did not expect, was, that night, Christmas Eve, they all knew. They knew it was a night to not stir a muscle when the barn door opened. Not a one of them changed position, mooed, nothing. They just stood there, as if to tell ME to hush. Hush, for a miracle has happened. You see, normally, the cattle would have moved around, been rattled by my surprise visit. That night, they were not stirred. The cattle were lowing. So, you see, they too, celebrate the birth of the Christ Child.

Did I weep? Yes.
Did I share this experience? Yes.
Was there disbelief? Yes.
Did I care that I was shunned? No, It Was a Miracle to Me.

So, besides the Blue Star holding this promise for me, it also did the same for my parents who also have a Blue Star on the East side of their barn. If we believe so hard that God holds our hearts, He surely will. Believe in the Reason for the Season.

Merry Christmas


Cher' Shots said...

Thanks for sharing your wonderful experience. I love the stars on your barn and at the farm "home". Although I'm well aware of the real meaning of CHRISTmas, I will have to share my "SANTA" story next time I see you.
'love and hugs from afar' Sis Cher

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Dar, Your experience made me chill all over.... Yes---the cattle were 'lowing' --the Christ Child was born... Hallelujah!!!!!!

Love your blue star.... I'm sure it shines toward the east ---lighting the way for the wisemen to make it to Bethlehem....

WOW---how fabulous!!!
Merry Christmas.

jack69 said...

Hey there, I remember seeing the star on your barn. Love the story and your reactions. One of the wonders of this life that cannot be explained except for a 'Hallowed Moment'.

Love you, hug Bill for us and a Merry Christmas to all.

Hug the man Sy also!!!

Naturegirl said...

Dearest Dar a touching story indeed!
When I read this description of the cows sleeping keeping watch by night MY HEART SINGS knowing the horrible end they experience for human consumption.I hate to think about it.
My collages are done through piccasa..blogger has it.

Anonymous said...

Such a wonderful story...thanks for sharing this Dar.

Have a wonderful Christmas! :)

imac said...

Wonderful post and shot my friend.

Shelley said...

Your experience was so blessed and sweet! I always believe that animals have a special place in god's heart. Have a merry christmas Dar!!

Fred Alton said...

Awesome! Now that's just awesome. Thank you for sharing that personal experience of personal reassurance to your faith. God Bless and give you and yours a most blessed Christmas and Happy New Year!

Rebecca said...

Wow, a wonderful experience you shared.

Suz said...

I'm giddy with excitement in your telling of this tale...I would have been right behind you sister
what a wonderful story
Merry Christmas!!!!

holdingmoments said...

What a lovely story Dar.
A great moment.

Jacquelyn Stager said...

Being a city slicker myself, I know nothing about the farm animals and their habits. But I am so moved by this story Dar and thanks for sharing it! God knows just what we as individuals need to help us to believe. Miracles are all around us if we only have the eyes to see them! What a precious memory you have!

Sunny said...

Dar, that is so awesome! I believe your experience. The ones who do the shunning are the ones who miss out on the true meaning of life.

I used to go sit with my goats at night sometimes. It is so peaceful just listening to them chewing their cud.... I told Hubby I'd like to have a star up on our barn also. Maybe I will get one next year.