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About the Morning Star Card

Morning StarI wanted the sunrise on this card to be beautiful, yet for there to be enough darkness to show off the star. The darkness is also meant to have an edge of longing. I wonder if that is part of why people seem to be so drawn to sunrises and sunsets. They are beautiful even as they speak of something transcendent—something we can’t quite grasp.

The verse, as you know, comes from the end of the fiery, dramatic book of Revelation. I set this verse in an ordinary landscape partly because it seemed so incongruous with everyday life. That is the way Christian hope is. In the midst of the very good things, the boring things and the sadnesses of this life, we’re called to look to Jesus, not to the way we think things will work out, for our hope. I keep forgetting and getting disillusioned. But then I remember.

Bob Goudzwaard, says it the best, I think, in his book, _Idols of Our Time:_“The biblical image of hope is the morning star. The morning star often appears between two and three at night, when the darkness is complete and the faintest sign of morning is not yet visible. So small that it threatens to vanish, the star seems unable to vanquish the overpowering darkness. Yet when you see the morning star, you know that the night has been defeated. For the morning star pulls the morning in behind it, just as certainly as Jesus pulls the kingdom in behind him. ‘I am the morning star.’ These were Jesus’ last words to us. They appear on the last page of every Bible.”

May the joy of this hope eclipse any sadness you might feel this holiday season.