Let nothing come between you and the light.
–Henry David Thoreau
by Rev. Lori Ethridge
Minister to Senior Adults
We celebrate the Epiphany of the Lord twelve days after Christmas. This year Epiphany is Friday, January 6, 2017. Epiphany means “manifestation”, and the broader name for this holy day is “The Manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles”. When the Magi arrived in Jerusalem, the star they were following did not give them the exact location of the newborn king. Evidently there was no GPS device in the star. The wise men of the East followed that star, as well as a hunch that the most logical place to find a royal newborn would be in the palace of the capital city.
How is God manifesting God’s presence? Where is God shining God’s light in your life this year? It may not be immediately apparent, just as the Christ Child was not found where the Magi expected. You may have to seek diligently for it, just as King Herod advised the wise men to do. But, once you find it, remember to take Henry David Thoreau’s advice from the quote above and let nothing come between you and the light in 2017. Let us pray:
God of starlight, shine your love into the dark places of our lives.
Teach us to trust your light in this New Year and throughout the year.
Help us to take risks, like the wise men did, and to step out in faith into the unknown.
Guide us to the place where you abide, that we may be overwhelmed with joy
like the Magi before us and that we may offer you the gifts of our lives.