star shaped anise seed pods

Often people think they are lost. They think that nothing in the world can help them. And then God looks and says, “It is time.” And all at once everything looks different. Everything comes into a different light, and all at once you see that all is not lost, but won. Remember this, all is not lost in his eyes. “The lowly shall be lifted up, the first shall be last.”

Source: “The Chess Player,” Home For Christmas

It was not long ago, in the days of Augustus. It happens every year anew.