The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


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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