"It gives us strangely little aid..."
What a let-down! All these years thinking "Star of Peace", "Star of David", "North Star", "Follow the Star to Bethlehem", only to hear that perhaps the star has no 'magical meaning' at all? That doesn't sound like the spirit of the holiday season to me! We want that star to say something profound; to provide us with a miracle; to be our superhero! We want it to give us all the answers to our questions and problems in life and it says, "I burn"? What are we supposed to do with that? We don't want to have such a disconcerting feeling at this time of year! That's not what we are used to.
All is not lost though. Frost says that the star "steadfast as Keats' Eremite...asks a little of us here. It asks of us a certain height, so when at times the mob is swayed to carry praise or blame too far, We may choose something like a star to stay our minds on and be staid."
My dear friends, whatever you brought here with you tonight; whatever praise or blame, joy or sorrow, health or illness may be on your mind: fix your eyes (and ears!) on the steadfastness of the stars and hold on to only one meaning: the one you yourself believe. It may not be the same for each one of us, but it is enough for each to "stay our minds on" and "be staid" - even if only just for this moment in this busy, frantic, chaotic season.