The Christ child is born!
All you who would find him,
prepare for a journey, as determined as the Magi.
All you who would praise him,
come with the faith to follow but a star.
All you who would worship him,
come with humility to the child
who shows forth the immeasurable riches of God.
Based on Matthew 2:1-12, from A Worship Sourcebooknext >
Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will appear over you. Nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.
Isaiah 60:1-3next >
An epiphany is a sudden realization that sheds light on our lives and our experience. It’s like the light bulb that turns on in the thought-bubbles of cartoons and comics. The sudden brightness of that light that allows us to see and notice what we have not been able to see before.
In Christian tradition, Epiphany is associated with the Magi who visit the baby Jesus from a far away land. The Magi followed the star in search of the birth of the Light of the World.
As we follow the star, walking with the Magi on a journey to seek the Christ-child, what is God trying to teach us today? What epiphanies and realizations await us along this journey?
Joann Leenext >
God, sometimes even the smallest amount of light helps us through the darkness. May your light shine in my life, so that I may share that light with others. Amen.next >
See the child,
Gentle and kind,
Vision of God,
Image of the Divine.
Be the child,
Prepared to see
Images of God,
And all that will be.
All that will be.
Joann Haejong Lee is an associate pastor at the House of Hope Presbyterian Church in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Joann grew up much farther south in Houston, Texas, and was nurtured in faith by her Korean immigrant Presbyterian church. Joann and her spouse, Mike, met in eighth grade and live in Saint Paul with their two dogs, Bailey and Logan.
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