Constellations of Our Lives
Constellations of Our Lives

Humans make maps of stars,
choosing some stars, ignoring others,
to project our imaginations onto the heavens.
These maps shift over time, across cultures.
Names change for the same assemblage of bright points:
Drinking Gourd, Big Dipper, Plough, Lost Hunters [1], Saptarishi [2].

Humans make constellations by connecting stars.
Humans make meaning by connecting stories:
story to story to narrative to story.
Some blaze bright, some are faint.
Most are backdrop to the great and mundane human unfolding.

Let us imagine the stories of our lives
as a starry universe above our heads.

As leaders of this congregation,
we are tasked and trusted
to draw constellations in this,
our beloved, small universe.

May the stories we connect
draw constellations
that reflect a shared ministry
that calls out the best in us.

[1] Cherokee, [2] Tibetan 



About the Author

  • Karen G. Johnston is the settled minister at The Unitarian Society in East Brunswick, NJ. Before becoming a minister, she spent 20+ years as a clinical social worker. Buddhist meditation and a befriending death practices sustain her, as does her delightful dog, Vera, and a blessed abundance of other...

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