A couple of summers ago I was camping with my family up at a beautiful isolated lake in British Columbia.  It was a giant lake where the only access to most of it was on long, bumpy (and dusty) logging roads.  We traveled for a good two brain-rattling hours before we were rewarded with a pristine beach in the middle of nowhere.  Now to some of you this might sound terrible, but we happen to like the Wild and will go to great lengths to be out in it.  The weather was simply gorgeous and that night we were able to see more stars at one time than I have ever seen in my life, and counted numerous shooting stars and satellites.  In that silent stillness, with a vast twinkling sky above us and water gently lapping the shore, a profound sense of awe and wonder and hope settled on me.  I sensed the majesty of our Creator, his breath hovering above us.  

I began to realize that this night sky is what many people in the world are privileged to see  most of the time... away from city lights.  And that throughout history, the night sky has had a greater importance because it has been far more visible without our modern light-polution.  People must have been much more familiar with the stars and constellations than many of us are nowadays.

The stars are so breath-taking and make us feel so small - how much more so for ancient people who were well-acquainted with them - steering their ships, judging the seasons, keeping them company in absolute darkness without the benefits of electric light.  What must it have been like to have a strange star suddenly appear in the sky 2000 years ago?  What must it have felt like to have your world changed by the appearance of Light?  It was out of these musings that summer night in the Canadian wilderness, that the ideas for my Christmas song "Starlight" were born.


Now... first person to comment on this and share their thoughts wins a "Starlight" CD!  Hurry so you can get it before Christmas!



December 12, 2009 @11:47 am

I love hearing how artists receive inspiration for their work. Thanks for sharing Janet! Thinking about the shepherds out in the fields seeing a strange, large light must of been so scary. What a comfort that God had His angels tell them to "FEAR NOT!" I'm so thankful God loves us like that still!!!

Marcie Morgan
December 12, 2009 @10:25 am

Lying in a sleeping bag in a clearing somewhere up the south fork of the Nooksack River, we watched shooting stars in a cloudless sky. Breathtaking. How could anyone ever believe the stars were not hung by a Creator?

December 11, 2009 @02:55 pm

Janet, How appropriate to celebrate our King's birth this Christmas as you enjoy Gabriel. It was the angel Gabriel who spoke to Mary and Elizabeth about the blessings of the children they were to carry. Our children may fail more than theirs - Jesus never did - but we hope ours and yours grow to shine too. May your boys grow to honor the Lord. Fill them with His Word, and let your light shine before them. We love your song Starlight, your CDs and the concerts. Hope you get some rest soon!

Jeanette McDonald

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