Starry, Starry Night

Fifth Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, MI

READ : Philippians 2:14-18

I have had the great fortune of taking several groups from the mid-west to Colorado on backpacking trips. Undoubtedly, one of the most significant impressions is the vast number of stars that can be seen from 12,000 feet above sea level. But why can we see so many more stars from Colorado than from Michigan? Is it because Colorado is so much higher above sea level? Yes. Is it because there are more stars in the sky in Colorado than in Michigan? No. Or is it because we are away from all the city lights and distractions of our culture that we see more stars? True, definitely.

It’s difficult to see those same stars from Michigan due to all the city lights and pollution in the more crowded mid-west. Likewise, it’s difficult to see the light of Christ in the lives of believers in our modern day culture because of darkening distortions. If believers argue and complain in a manner similar to non-believers what is there to draw them to Christ?

Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your father in heaven.

(Matt.5:16, NIV)

written by Brian Telzerow


Lord, help us to live out God’s Word by not arguing and complaining but joyfully loving each other. Amen.