2018 is the fourth year in a row I've had a star word to guide me through the months to come. Typically people choose a star word during the season of epiphany in order to reflect and maybe mimic the visitors from the east who reached the young Jesus by following a star. Only Matthew includes that story in his gospel account. Professionally, those magi were stargazers and astrologers who knew sky signs well, so they recognized the bright star that arose at Jesus' birth as a special signal. In 2015 and 2016 someone from Facebook bestowed my star words: grace for 2015; daring in 2016. A Facebook friend suggested faith for 2017 and I ran with that one.
Readers of this blog know I facilitate the mostly Revised Common Lectionary adult Sunday School at my church. When we celebrated the Feast of the Epiphany on Sunday 07 January (festival moved to closest Sunday), I told my class about star words and several people chose one.... to live around and trust throughout 2018.