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Today’s Reflection

TODAY IS Epiphany, the day we celebrate the coming of the Magi. In the Hispanic world, it is known as “The Day of the Three Kings” (El Día de los Tres Reyes). In many Hispanic and Latin cultures this is the day when gifts are given. The Eastern Orthodox Church celebrates January 6 as the date of Jesus’ birth, the Epiphany of the Lord…

Read Matthew 2:1-12; then pray this prayer:
Star of wonder,
you have led us,
along with so many,
to the Child of the Light.
Continue to guide us on our journey
to be Followers of the One,
the Creator and Redeemer
and Sustainer of us all.
For it is in Christ’s name
that we pray,

– Beth A. Richardson
Child of the Light

From page 101 of Child of the Light: Walking through Advent and Christmas by Beth A. Richardson. Copyright © 2005 by Beth A. Richardson. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

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Today’s Scripture

On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
Matthew 2:11, NRSV

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  • robert moeller January 6, 2013, 3:44 am

    Gifts, gold, frankincense, and myrrh, fit for a king are brought to Jesus who no longer lies in a manger in a stable but lives in a house. The magi, wise men, recognize Jesus as King of the Jews, a title that will be placed over his head at the crucifixion. They come from afar, following a star, cause King Herod and all Jerusalem to be upset. Herod eventually has every baby boy under two years old killed trying to rid himself of the perceived threat to his own reign. Its a very mixed event that sets up the conflict that will be played out until Jesus resurrection. Jesus is condemned by his own people, even though Micah’s prophesy is correct, and recognized by those who are not God’s chosen people, the magi. Our Christmas gift giving comes from the tradition established by the magi. With this story Christmas closes and Jesus youth begin. He escapes Herod by going to Egypt with Mary and Joseph. Its a tough way to begin life on earth for the Savior of the world.

    New beginnings are under way, orientation completed, meeting a mentor, picking and registering for classes coming up (Erich), no activity on the birth of a grandchild although everything seems to be going well (Jenny), an appointment to discuss knee replacement surgery this week (Anneliese), a new child sponsored in Peru (Kiyante), and later this month an ecumenical breakfast at church.
    Lord, thank you for these and a multitude of new beginnings all around your world. In each and everyone may your sheep recognize you as their shepherd and follow you. Thank you, in your name I pray.

  • Jill January 6, 2013, 4:55 am

    Father, thank You that I am Yours, in the multitude of many. May we strive to further Your kingdom, however that may look for each of us individually. Strengthen our resolve as we begin this new year.

  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling January 6, 2013, 8:07 am

    Father God, thank you for new beginnings. Help us to seek your guidance continually so that our plans are aligned to yours. Lead and guide us each step of the way.

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