I was getting ready to release “The Star Still Shines” yesterday – more than two weeks later than I had planned – and the coverage of the shooting in California came on the TV. I paused. Maybe this wasn’t a good time. Maybe I should wait. 

It didn’t feel like a Christmasy day at all. 

It felt like so many days we’ve had lately as we’ve watched other human tragedies unfold and take their devastating toll on people. 

In the end, I decided to send it after all. Surely on days like yesterday – and every day – we need some good news. Not to overlook or minimize the suffering that’s going on, but to give us a reason to hope. 

Through all the personal and collective anguish we feel, the struggles and trials that unceasingly beset us, our shared grief and our isolated moments of pain, there stands our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, with His arms outstretched, beckoning for us to come and be healed. 

That’s the message of the song. 

Unfortunately, we won’t be able to reverse the world’s trend towards hatred and evil. But we can still find personal peace, by turning to Him who is the Prince of Peace. And no matter how dark things get in the future, He will always be waiting to lift, strengthen, and ultimately, redeem us. 

The star still shines. And it always will. 

Thanks for listening,


P.S. I would love to hear your thoughts – about the song, the message, Christmas, the Savior, or anything else you'd like to share. 


  • Barbara

    This song is absolutely beautiful. We are hoping to use it for our Christmas Program and I am wondering whether you have the sheet music available in different keys also. Thank you for making such beautiful music for us all to enjoy. With love for Australia xx

  • Teresa Bridge

    I found this on iTunes quite be accident (divine intervention?) today and downloaded immediately. Beautiful in every way! “Do You Have Room…” has been on my “very favorites” and most listened to lists since I first heard it as well. I am in love with you!! Thank you for sharing your beautiful talent and awe-inspiring music.

  • Chrissie

    Just discovered your music this year. Love the sense of peace and hope it carries. God bless and keep sharing His word.

  • Kelly Andrews

    What a beautiful song! You gave me a gift today in allowing me to hear this on YouTube with a beautiful video and a beautiful voice to deliver the message. It is truly a blessing to have this music when there is so much around us to confuse us and to be fearful of. When we trust in the Lord, the fear leaves and peace floods in. Thank you for the reminder and for sharing your song for free!!

  • A

    Thanks Shawna for sharing your beautiful gift of music :O) I felt such peace as I listened to your new song, “The Light Still Shines”. He lives! Thank you for helping to keep his brilliant light shining in the world today!

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