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Star of peace

In Iraq, it shines on soldiers in flak vests and Kevlar helmets

Then the star appeared again, the same star [the Magi] had seen in the eastern skies. It led them on until it hovered over the place of the child. They could hardly contain themselves: They were in the right place! They had arrived at the right time! (Matthew 2:9-10).

I've seen more of the stars this last year than ever — in the night skies of Kuwait and Iraq. One can't help but see them here in the desert. In this grand display, one star stands out. We know it isn't really a star but the planet Mars. It's as close to Earth, they say, as it will be for another 63,000 years or so.



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