Day 293 | Wednesday, 6 January 2021 - Epiphany Day
Epiphany (Matthew 2:9-10)
“When the wise men had heard King Herod, they went their way; and lo, the star which they had seen in the east went before them, until it came to rest over the place where the child was. Let us continue our journey of following where God leads, until we come to the place where the child is.”
An Epiphany Invocation:
“On this the day your church celebrates Epiphany, help us to be as persistent in our dedication as the wise men of old who sought out the Christ child. As we bow in reverence before you, please receive our expressions of gratitude for Christ, for life, for family, for friends and for the privilege of worshiping you. Through Christ the Savior. Amen.”
An Epiphany Prayer of Confession:
“Loving Jesus, compassionate friend and gentle guide, you call us in all the seasons of life. In darkness and in light, in joy and in sorrow, you beckon us to follow you. Yet we hold back. We question how we know your voice, we make excuses of things we have to do or skills we lack. We look for the grand task, and you give us the common work of loving and caring for those near at hand. We look for recognition, and you want others to see you more.
Loving Jesus, gentle friend and compassionate teacher, take us by the hand and lead us into your future, assured of your presence and encouragement. Amen.”
An Epiphany Prayer:
“Shine on, O God, in splendor and in glory and let our attention be claimed by what you have to show us. Give us eyes to see and ears to hear; let us know your action at our places of work, at our kitchen tables and in the prayers we say at night before we sleep. Let us not be ashamed at the triviality of our lives compared to your promises. Instead, shine forth - and make us light and bright, like you. Amen.”
“Wise and wonderful Giver, for all your gifts we are grateful. Even when we are distant from you and must make space and time for you, we are grateful that you lead us to you unfailingly. The Magi worshiped you in a manger; we worship you with the gifts of our bodies, minds and souls. For what else can we give that is of worth to you? Provide us with a star for our own lives, so that we are always pointed in your direction, finding the treasure of the Christ child with each step we take. Grant us the wisdom to discern what is right and true for your sake. And in all things, Source of Life, may we know your love is constant and true as you give us the adventures of the Christian life each day. Amen.”
An Epiphany Blessing:
“Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? He is in us and among us - our risen and reigning Lord. Let us follow his star and serve him always, in all our words and deeds.”
“Humor is the universal solvent against the abrasive elements of life.”
Today: Prayers for those whose lives shine with the radiance of Christ.