At our service for Epiphany Sunday, I pulled my star and received the word “knowledge.” There are all kinds of knowing. If I had known I was going to be in a car accident on Monday, I would have taken a different route. Alas, I was creeping along on the Ravenel bridge in bumper to bumper traffic when an elderly lady rammed my rear end and did major damage to her car and sent her to the hospital in an ambulance. I came through with just some aches and pains in my back and neck this morning.
So, I begin this new year of Mike’s Monday Messages writing on a Tuesday! Already, I have been reflecting on my star word “knowledge’’ and can’t wait to see what I end up knowing and NOT knowing in 2020.
Maybe you think giving out stars with random words written on them has nothing to do with faith. You are probably right, but I have my stars on the wall in my study and I can assure you that I have seen these star words played out each year. As one who crafts words for a living, I KNOW words matter. I also know words can influence our faith. Words spoken in a pastoral tone can offer encouragement, comfort, empathy, grace and forgiveness.
I encourage you to find a way to “use” your star word in 2020. My word is “knowledge,” and I have two different week-long classes scheduled so far.
If you need help figuring out how to use your star word, pastor Clarissa Clark Howe has come up with monthly exercises for making the most of your word. To get a copy go to her blog on Jan 6 of 2019;
Happy New Year,