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How I Wish Upon a Star

Updated on July 9, 2014

On my Roadtrip

I saw a shooting star last night [metaphorically can it be considered more than just a ball of gas?]

On my home from my Love [Long distance + Driving =Time for Thought]

I knew I was supposed to make a wish. [Where does this tradition come from?]

But I am a Christian. And wishing is superstitious...[Religion is a fine line between superstition and sacrament]

Right? [What can we be sure of?]

But First a Question...

Why do we look at the stars? [Some people look up, some people look down]

Why do they captivate us so? [Do they possess some sort of transcendent wonder?]

Maybe it's because they're so far away-- [Will we ever reach one?]

Or part of the unknown. [Space, the final frontier]

Maybe its because they remind us of Heaven, and our Maker, [God created them, and where is heaven anyway?]

And where we aim to go someday. [Will we be out among the stars?

Maybe its because the stars shine so bright, [We cannot help but look at them--they are beautiful]

And seem so eternal. [They are older than the earth]

But Alas...

But this shooting star, [This burning ball of dust, which is not actually a star]

This falling ball of light, [Coming to its end]

Was not eternal, [snuffed out]

And finally extinguished. [turned to dust, as we will be]

There are times, when even the stars refuse to shine, [When we block them out with our pollution]

When all good things must come to and end. [Not necessarily true, but almost everything is fleeting]

And so, this star reminded me of my own mortality. [Ashes to ashes, dust to dust]

And I said a prayer. [Lord, please help me to live as each day is my last]

That God may guide me safely home, [That I may have just one more day to enjoy]

And keep those I love safe. [Their lives are precious to me]

A Childlike Gift

Lets pray on shooting stars [Because we all need reminders to pray]

With Childlike faith [Which Christ calls us to have...innocent wonder]

We need all the reminders to pray [Because we are fallen humans]

We are humans and forget. [We get distracted by things of this world]

Teach your children to say a prayer [Pass on your faith to them]

When E'er they see a falling star. [Because they are beautiful]

© 2011 rdlang05


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    • schoolgirlforreal profile image

      schoolgirlforreal 6 years ago from USA

      That's an awful outlook, but I'll leave with peace.

      I'll check out James, ttys!

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      rdlang05 6 years ago from Minnesota


      Glad you stopped by. I'm doing mission work, so I don't have a lot of internet connection, but i'm glad I caught this comment. I agree, you can't "earn" your way to heaven, but works do matter. Read the book of James. Anyway, I hope that I will live a life obedient enough to receive God's mercy, but there's no guarentee ANY of us are going to heaven. That's why hell exists, and I guarentee you, its populated with "Christians".

      Peace Sister.

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      schoolgirlforreal 6 years ago from USA

      Hi , long time.

      So...I'm born again bible believer now. But still Catholic too. I love the Catholic faith but one error I see is , in my experience you must earn your way to heaven. In the bible it says By faith you are saved not by good works lest any man should boast.

      So in this poem, I feel it would be good to be confident in that we are going to heaven one day for sure and how wonderful that is.

      Anyways, nice to see you writing poems!

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      rdlang05 6 years ago from Minnesota

      Thank you! This was definitely an inspired hub, not only from my mind.

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      stars439 6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Your thoughts would touch the heart of and angel. God Bless You. Thank you for sharing the beauty in your mind.