#FollowTheStar Fr Chris’ stars

The Church of England is encouraging people to #FollowTheStar this Christmastide.

We asked a few people to share thought on what that means for them.

Fr Chris writes:


The “Star” leads the wise men to a place where they find the child Jesus and the Holy Family. The “Star” is a signpost, a direction finder, which leads the wise men to the physical place where Christ is found.

There are many parallels in this story and my own life.  I have been fortunate always to have had a sense of the wonder and presence of God in my life.  However, at times I have lost sight of that loving presence.  I have had my own battle with my “demons” in the form of alcohol addiction and poor mental and physical health

I have needed the gentle guiding of a “Star” in the guise of other people – friends, family, doctors, clergy colleagues et al – to point me in the direction of being able to come with the shepherds and wise men to meet with God made Flesh.

I know that I am not alone in finding God to be elusive at times – but, this is not because of God’s nature, rather my inability to find God.  Clouds in the form of doubt and fear mask the “Stars” that point to God’s presence and activity in my world.

I thank God for all who have been my guiding “Stars” and enabled me to grasp sight and understanding of the “Word made Flesh”, and to find Christ in the world today.

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St Chrysostom’s is an Anglican (Church of England) parish church in Manchester, UK. We’re an inclusive, diverse and welcoming faith community rejoicing in our Anglo Catholic tradition, where people of many differing backgrounds make friends. Find our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/2364267899/
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