If you have a Christmas tree, there’s a pretty good chance there’s a star on top. This recalls Matthew’s telling of the Christmas story, when a shining star inspired the Magi to travel from the east in search of a newborn king. Hold onto that image – a bright star in the night sky – a bit of light against a dark canvas. This is the drama and hope of Christmas. We worship a God who did not abandon us in the dark, but came to us, as one of us, to shine a light in the dark and wake up a sleepy world. As an adult, Jesus taught us to pray “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” What if we view Christmas through that lens? When Jesus is born, much more arrives on earth than just a child. Light from heaven shines down, light that’s still shining, still inspiring us today. When heaven comes to earth, hope, joy, peace, and love come too. Christmas is the beginning of a new era, one where the light of heaven increasingly shines down on our earthly struggles. So let us remember that Jesus brought the kingdom near and started the awesome work of making things on earth as they are in heaven. And let us be inspired to see how we can continue that work today.