Star of Wonder©
Written and illustrated by De Dorman
© Copyright 2008 All Rights Reserved
I Corinthians 15:22 “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.”
(Have the Christmas star made and ready to be used when telling the story)
Christmas this year at Hannah’s house may not be full of colorful packages and pretty bows like they have known in years past. Dad recently lost his job. However, with hope in his heart, Dad was determined not to allow this to take away their joy. They were still looking forward to putting up the tree.
The talk around the supper table centered on the holiday; visiting with family and friends and the Christmas play at church. But once suppertime was over, Dad went to get the boxes from the attic while Mom cleaned the kitchen.
Six year old Hannah knew that after Mom was finished, they would put up the tree. However, it seemed like it was taking her much too long to finish so Hannah went into the kitchen to offer her help. As she dried the dishes, she glanced out of the kitchen window where she could see the snow falling. Hannah enjoyed watching the snowflakes land softly on the ground and she looked for their sparkles as rays of light gently touched them.
"There," Mom said, "all finished." As she hung the towel to dry she stopped to think, pretending to forget about the tree. "Now, didn't we have something else to do before your bedtime?" she asked with a smile.
"Yes!" Hannah answered as she tugged on Mom‘s arm. "We have to put the Christmas tree up!" They made their way to the living room and Dad had all the boxes down from the attic and some of the decorations on the floor.
"I think we're ready to begin." he said as he gave some instructions. Mom would hold the lights as Dad wrapped them around the tree and Hannah would look for the star that eventually would be placed on the top of their tree.
As Hannah looked through the decorations scattered on the floor, she remembered how pretty their tree was last year. Dad mentioned, "I remember putting the star in a cardboard box last year." While shuffling through the ornaments Hannah got distracted when she recognized some things that she had made. “There’s the snowflake that I made in Sunday School last year.” she said as she picked it up to take a closer look. “And there’s the red bell that we made in kindergarten class.” Hannah enjoyed looking at all the ornaments and nearly forgot what she was supposed to be doing, but when she saw the tip sticking out of the box, she remembered! “There you are!” she said as she carefully lifted it out. She called it their "star of wonder" because Dad always used it to tell the Christmas story. She hoped that he would tell it to her again this year.
"Dad, I found it!" declared the little girl. "Can we hear the story, please?"
Dad smiled and replied, "Let's get the tree decorated first and then we'll hear the story." Hannah nodded as she hung another bulb on the tree. Soon the tree was all finished and they agreed that this was the most beautiful tree they had ever seen. The bulbs were sparkling in colors of gold, red and green. Hannah knew that once the star was placed on the tree they would plug in the lights and get to see them twinkle in unison.
All the festive ornaments were nestled in their place and the empty boxes were carefully returned to the attic. Only the star remained yet to be placed in its honorable position on top of the tree, but not quite yet. Dad picked it up and went to the sofa and Mom sat beside him. Hannah plopped down in between her two parents in anticipation.
He began by making note of the fact that there were five tips to the star and there is a story for each tip. Hannah counted the tips aloud just to make sure.
"The first story tip is about Adam and Eve, the first man and woman who were created by God. He made them a beautiful place to live in and they had everything that they could ever need, but the most important thing that they had was the presence of God. He walked with Adam everyday until something terrible happened." Dad continued with the story when Hannah could contain herself no longer and said..
"They ate the fruit that God told them not to eat and God made them leave their beautiful home." Mom and Dad were both delighted to know that Hannah remembered the account from Genesis.
"The worst part of all this was that Adam could no longer walk with God." Dad continued.
“Sin would forever put a barrier between man and God because God could not be in the same place as sin. But God had a plan to bring mankind back to Himself.” Dad switched to the second tip on the star as he continued the story.
“The plan starts with a Baby.” said Dad as Hannah blurted out, “Baby Jesus!” (Use cover picture as illustration.)
“That’s right. This Baby Jesus is The Son of God. He came to this sinful world to be the perfect sacrifice for our sins, enabling us to walk and talk with God again.” (John 3:16)
Pointing to the third tip, Dad continued. “Jesus always obeyed His parents and when He was a man, He went to many villages doing miracles and telling the people about His Father’s love and how He would die for their sins.
Some believed Him and some didn’t.
Dad moved on to the fourth tip of the star. “The plan for Jesus throughout all eternity was for Him to come and die on a cruel cross for the sins of mankind, to raise from the dead, conquering death, and to ascend back to The
Father. In doing this, He made a way for us to walk and talk again with God. If we believe that Jesus died for our sins; not for any sin that He committed because He was without sin; and that He was buried and rose again, so that we, too, can live again eternally, then we are ready to talk with God. In our prayer, we confess our sin and ask Him to cleanse us, to save us. He’ll do that and He promises never to leave us!”
Mom was silently praying for her daughter to understand as she observed how closely Hannah was listening to the story.
As Dad pointed to the last tip, he noticed how quiet Hannah had been. “Do you remember what the last tip reminds us of, Hannah?” asked Dad.
Hannah nodded her head and proceeded to answer. “It reminds us that just as Jesus went up in the clouds after He was all finished on the earth, He’s coming back in the clouds to take the Christians to Heaven.”
“That’s right, Hannah.” Dad commented. “ And what is He doing right now?”
“He’s making us a nice place to live in and when He’s all done building everybody’s mansion, He’s coming to get us.” (John 14:1-6)
Hannah’s parents were so happy that their daughter had all the right answers in her head, but they wondered if she was ready to receive The Truth into her heart yet.
“Hannah, when Jesus returns, we sure would like to know that you’ll be there with us.” Mom gently stated. “Do you understand that only those who are forgiven; those born again, will be permitted into that beautiful place called Heaven?”
Another nod came from Hannah as she hung her head. She recalled some of the times that she disobeyed her parents and some lies that she told, hoping to get out of trouble. She knew that these were sin.
“Mommy, Daddy, I want to talk to God and ask Him to forgive me.” replied a sorrowing little girl. The parents listened and rejoiced within as their daughter received Jesus Christ as her sacrifice for sin, asking forgiveness of all her sins and asking for help to walk with God everyday.
Hugs were given and Dad offered up a prayer of thanksgiving to God for working in the heart of his little girl and showing her His great love.. by using their “Star of Wonder” which was now resting in it's special place. Dad plugged the lights in and the family enjoyed the simple beauty of their tree while eating the cookies Mom made earlier.
Many days past and Dad finally got another job but the money was needed for the overdue bills. “Christmas will have to be a little late this year. he told himself. "The Lord has been so good to give me this job.”
But unbeknownst to the family, a group of caring Christians down at the corner church was preparing a surprise. On Christmas Eve, they quietly placed beautifully wrapped gifts that they had purchased, along with enough food for a feast at Hannah’s door, rang the bell and left. As the family opened the door, they saw another demonstration of God’s wonderful love through His children. (1John 3:17 “But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?)
As Hannah helped carry the gifts in from the porch, the sparkling snow caught her attention once again. It was then that she realized that now her heart was whiter than even the brightest snowflake. (Psalm 51:7) The family gathered for prayer after the presents were placed under the tree; thanking The Lord for His children who were moved into action when they saw a need, just as He was moved to action when He saw our need of redemption.
(Note: "Christian" means "Little Christ", or "Like Christ")
Why was Hannah so excited? (The family was going to put up the Christmas tree)
What had recently happened to the family? (Dad lost his job.)
What name did Hannah have for a special ornament? (“Star of Wonder)
What was the ornament? (The tree top star)
Who saw a need and helped the family at Christmas? Christians at a nearby church.
What was Hannah´s special gift this year for Christmas? Her salvation.
Is there something that you can do to help someone else have a blessed Christmas?
”And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.”
“And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.”
“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:”
“For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of One shall many be made righteous.”
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.”