"Thou wast not born for death, immortal Bird!"
The Little Match Seller is a 1902 British short silent drama film directed by James Williamson from The Stooges. It retells the Hans Christian Andersen story of the tragic death of a little match seller. It's pretty sad. The little girl can't sell any matches, so she lights them one by one to keep warm. Every time she lights one, she has a vision of something warm and festive: A roast goose, a Christmas tree, and finally, her grandmother.
"Then she saw a star fall, leaving behind it a bright streak of fire. 'Someone is dying,' thought the little girl, for her old grandmother, the only one who had ever loved her, and who was now dead, had told her that when a star falls, a soul was going up to God."
She didn't want to lose the vision of her grandmother, so she lit all her matches in a desperate attempt to keep her there.
"And the matches glowed with a light that was brighter than the noon-day, and her grandmother had never appeared so large or so beautiful. She took the little girl in her arms, and they both flew upwards in brightness and joy far above the earth, where there was neither cold nor hunger nor pain, for they were with God."
If your star is falling this year, and you are unloved and unwanted, the Lord is there with you.
If the only ones who ever loved you are gone, if there is nothing here to celebrate, and the weight of this season is unbearable, reach out to Christ. He cares.
Nevermind what the smug, dismissive people think. Who needs the approval of a bunch of self-righteous demoniacs anyway?
“Depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity; for the LORD hath heard the voice of my weeping.” Psalm 6:8
Come to the One who does care. He has all the stars who have already fallen in the palm of His hand. All the broken people made whole. Animals included. They are all waiting for us.
“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” Revelation 21:4
It won't be long now. We're almost there.
See you soon.