Stop and thank God for being present with you today. Ask for God’s guidance as you hear God’s voice through scripture and the writer.
Isaiah 60:1-6 (NRSV)
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.
Lift up your eyes and look around;
they all gather together, they come to you;
your sons shall come from far away,
and your daughters shall be carried on their nurses’ arms.
Then you shall see and be radiant;
your heart shall thrill and rejoice,
because the abundance of the sea shall be brought to you,
the wealth of the nations shall come to you.
A multitude of camels shall cover you,
the young camels of Midian and Ephah;
all those from Sheba shall come.
They shall bring gold and frankincense,
and shall proclaim the praise of the LORD.
I love when I begin reading a scripture and then realize that it is part of Handel’s Messiah. Immediately my mind starts singing the tune and before I know it, my heart is humming along. “Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.”
Christmas has come but it has not yet gone because this day—Epiphany—finishes off the twelve days of Christmas. While many of us might feel in the dumps because the glitter and light that has been a part of our homes, our churches and communities, has all been packed away for another year.
Isaiah says “Not so fast. God’s light has come. Come and meet it.” And we need to because everyone else is being drawn to the light, and every blessing is overflowing. Today would be a good day to express your gratitude to God for your “sudden realization” of who Christ is and why Epiphany is so important to us as Christians.
God of insight, help us to always be grateful for your son and the light that he shines in our lives. Help us to draw others to his light. Amen.
Go with God!