What if we could experience Christmas, year-round—no matter our religious or spiritual loyalty? The Littlest Christmas Star is a parable that answers this question. It’s a story for adults and children, families and communities—anyone, anywhere, who is committed to opening the glow of love in their hearts, year-round.
During the course of the book, we follow the path of the littlest star ever, who falls to earth from the big black sky. In the course of her journey on the ground, she grieves for her lost friends and because of the profound difficulties she experiences on earth. What is not true in heaven is, on earth. There, she could touch her fellow stars with ease and alacrity. On earth, it is hard to shine. On earth, there are challenges not found in heaven.
Can she ever learn to shine again? Can she find meaning in this place called earth, where the norm is darkness rather than light, loss rather than love?
I wrote The Littlest Christmas Star one Christmas day, a few years ago. I was home alone, feeling sad and lonely. Not every day is Christmas, we know. Not every Christmas feels like Christmas.
But in the course of creating—no, meeting—The Littlest Star, I learned an important life lesson, one that stretched me beyond the doldrums of self-pity, the dogma of a specific religion, and into the heart and belly of the universal God. I opened to the wisdom of hardship; the need to choose to be unconditional with our love, no matter how many conditions the world might place upon love.
As you read the book, you’ll meet many of the main Christmas characters. There’s Mary and Joseph, the shepherd and Jesus. No matter your prior association with these souls, I encourage you to introduce yourself to them through the eyes of The Littlest Star; not through the lens you associate with the Christian faith. What does Mary have to teach us as Mary, a woman of faith? What does a lowly shepherd (and his son) have to show us about dedication and trust? What might a little star have to reveal about hope—and the greatest love of all?
My life has moved on. The past few Christmases—and other holidays—have been full of love and hope, and sometimes, tears and trials. But they have all been warmer and more fulfilling because I met The Littlest Star that sad Christmas a few years back. I hope you enjoy her company, as much as I have. I hope you see that no matter how far you’ve fallen in life—or how high it has lifted you up—you are a star. You are a beacon of hope. You are a being that this earth needs at this time, and you are welcome here.
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