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 >
This is the reason that I Paul am a prisoner for Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles — for surely you have already heard of the commission of God’s grace that was given me for you, and how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I wrote above in a few words, a reading of which will enable you to perceive my understanding of the mystery of Christ. In former generations this mystery was not made known to humankind, as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit: that is, the Gentiles have become fellow heirs, members of the same body, and sharers in the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.
Ephesians 3:1-6next >
An epiphany is a revelation, something that is made known to us. While God is mystery and cannot be fully known, God sent Jesus Christ to us, so that through his humanity and his life, death and resurrection, we might more fully know and understand God.
Through the life of a man who walked this earth and loved the people he encountered, God is revealed to us in ways that we can understand. Jesus crossed all the boundaries of society, reaching out to those who were ignored and including those who had once been left out. He ate with outcasts and sinners, embraced those who were excluded, and befriended those no one else loved.
Knowing this, let us be like Christ, and may God be revealed through the way we live our lives.
Joann Leenext >
God of mystery, thank you for revealing yourself to me through the person of Jesus Christ. Help me to be more and more like Christ in my life. 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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