“Star of Wonder,
Star of Light,
Guide us to thy PerfectLight.”

The scent of Christmas is in the air as wegather as a family. The hot chocolate warms us and the music of the holiday season in the background lifts our spirits. Finally, our evergreen tree is awash in white light as we climb the ladder to add the final adornment, “The Star.”

Our tears flow as the four of us wrap our arms around one another. The gift of Christmas will always be “The Star,” shining for all of us to see. In faith we bow our heads, remaining usof His presence in our lives as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

The symbol of the lighted Star was started ten years ago when the pain of losing a child was so overwhelming. We found comfort in the warmth that surrounded us and has healed the deepest pain of our loss.

Our daughter will always be our brightest shining star on earth and even though we are separated and the hurt lingers we draw strength from the bonds of love and the symbol of “The Star” and the promise it holds of everlasting life and holding my daughter again.