38 degrees 45' 53.5"N by 77 degrees 33' 43.0"W - A Steady Guide

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Home Inspector with Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC 3380-000723

A Christmas Card to all from Jay Markanich.

According to my GPS device, when I stand on my front porch, that title is the very point on the earth that I am standing.  I am home.  It is my refuge and my spot.  Where my family is.  Where my things are.  I am safe.  I am protected.  And I am me.

When I stand on my front porch and look directly ahead, about 72 degrees up or so, I am looking directly at an astronomical phenomena. 

I can clearly see the North Star.

It has also been called, variously, the Lode Star, Polaris, and the Polar Star.  It is the only constant point in the sky.

Not the brightest point in the sky, this star has been used for millennia to give lost travelers direction.  To show the way.  To be a true point of reference.  Its light was designed to do that. 

From our perspective, the very heavens revolve around this light.

In addition to the star's utility, it is symbolic.  It symbolizes the constancy of love and relationship.  Of friendship and advocacy.  Of empathetic understanding and never-failing succor.

At this season of Christmas it is as symbolic of celebrations as it is symbolic of light. Throughout the country at this time of year are many celebrations of the season called "The Festival Of Lights."  They celebrate a Steady Guide.  They celebrate a Constant Friend and Advocate.

We go to extremes to decorate our homes, inside and out, and small trees, inside and out, with many points of light.  In symbolic celebration.  And in symbolic remembrance and recognition. 

Of a fashioner of trees.  A carpenter.

These decorations are to remind us of a simple star.  A star that was followed.  It was followed first by shepherds (symbolic of those who care for others).  And then by Wise Men (symbolic of those who advise and lead others).  And then, it has been followed for centuries by simple discipleship.  The burden of this follow-ship is easier and lighter than any alternative.  The star led all to an easier way.  The star led us all to the reason for this season.

A fixed light, a fixed star, could be no more appropriate symbol of the person we should remember and follow. It is a fixed point for us. And we are invited to fix our attentions on it.  Even our worship.

The very word "CHRISTMAS" means "Christ's Masse" or "Christ's Celebration."  Christmas is an appropriate word for the holiday we celebrate this month.  I would recommend that thought to you as you consider the birth that a simple star announced.  And the mission that followed that miraculous birth.

I, for one, when I often look up at that fixed star in the sky, think of a certain wonderful, counseling, mighty, everlasting, princely, loving, constant Friend.

And so, I wish you a Merry Christmas.  I also wish you the Warmest of Seasons and the Happiest of New Years!

 

 

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Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


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Rainmaker
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
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  Thank you for your warm wishes....and the card that came yesterday....the healthiest, happiest and most prosperous of new year wishes to you and yours from all of ours.

Dec 21, 2011 11:13 PM #1
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Glad the card came on time.  I wonder with the mails this time of year.  The one posted today is slightly different.  I had to fit that other one on one page!

Dec 21, 2011 11:35 PM #2
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Brad Gotham
Granite Peak Inspection, Inc. - Colville, WA

Jay, Marry Christmas to you and your Family. I look forward to reading your blog in the new year.

Dec 22, 2011 03:16 AM #3
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Thank you Brad, and the same to you and yours.  I look forward to having you too!

Dec 22, 2011 04:14 AM #4
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Anne M. Costello
Weidel Realtors - Yardley, PA

Jay: Have the Merriest Christmas with family and friends! I enjoy reading your posts, learn a lot and look forward to more great wisdom in the new year!

Dec 22, 2011 04:20 AM #5
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Thank you Anne.  The same to you and yours for the entire new year!

Dec 22, 2011 04:26 AM #6
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Chris Smith
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Jay, we have vacationed in Virginia a number of times over the years, both inland and on the coast.  Net time we are in the vicinity, you are one person I would like to meet.  I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.

Dec 22, 2011 09:11 AM #7
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Thank you Chris.  The same here.  You are welcome to our state anytime.  And a merry everything to you and yours this wonderful season.

Dec 22, 2011 09:39 PM #8
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Steven Cook
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Jay -- thank you for the very thoughtful approach showing that even in the everyday and common place, we can find things to remind us of the reality behind the mass commercialization of the season.

Blessings to you and yours through this Christmas season and in the New Year!

 

Dec 23, 2011 07:48 AM #9
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Thank you Steven, and I am very glad you enjoyed it.  There is symbolism everywhere which reminds us of the reason for this season, and even through the year.

Dec 23, 2011 09:29 AM #10
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