I am a big fan of the whole One Little Word idea. Mostly the One Word part of that. the words themselves are anything but Little. I did a lot of work toward the end of 2018 and knew that Hope was going to be my word for 2019. I shared some of that work with y’all on January 1 and felt really good about all of it.
So I was completely taken aback when I went to church on that first Sunday of 2019 and learned that we were going to try something new. something called Star Words. During the service, the pastors passed baskets of stars*, each with a word. We couldn’t see the words, just the shapes, so we couldn’t be choosy – and we had to pick one. I picked this one.
Not Hope. not any of the words I’d even been remotely auditioning. honestly not any of the words I’d ever think to choose. But then I guess that’s whole point of the thing. I didn’t choose it. I even complained a little to my Friday morning group – that if I’d known we were going to get words, I wouldn’t have gone to all the effort to choose one myself (one which I was then and am still completely certain is the right word for 2019).
But I came home that Sunday, pasted the word into my journal – googled “Star Words” – and waited. and pondered. The first glimpse of what this Star Word might mean came just last Tuesday in my morning devotion:
On the day I called, you answered me, you increased my strength of soul. ~Psalm 138:3
The gist of the devotion is that God answers me … do I answer Him?
Then on Sunday, I saw this on @tyneswedish ‘s Instagram stories
I realized I needed to shift the context of my thinking … maybe my Star Word is more about the Question. and the process of getting to the Answer.
I love that Hope could be any of … or all of … the Question, the process, the Answer. (and that’s maybe the deepest and/or most confusing thing I’ve ever written here!)
I also love that I’ve found a meaningful way to connect these two words!
Have you come across Star Words before?
*as I was typing this post, I realized they were Yellow Stars. Yellow meaning sun and light … and also the stigma attached to Jews in Nazi Germany. I’m passing along the feedback.