Readings: Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14; Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12
They made it! The Wise Men have ARRIVED!!!
And the star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem. It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were filled with joy! They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
We made it! We have ARRIVED!!!
I wish I could tell you that is how this first week of 2017 felt for me. Instead, the four days I worked felt a little bit like a slog through old quick sand. I am not entirely sure why I thought a week off would make the story lines I walked back into at the office different, but somehow my hopeful New Year’s loving ass, thought it would be different and that everyone would have figured themselves and their shit out.
But here’s the thing…Even with all the long days this week, I walk away from my first week of 2017 with great gratitude. This week I saw needs and tried to meet them and I saw opportunities to help people grow and pushed and nudged. I also saw things in myself that I was not proud of and really really took them to heart.
Let your light shine for all to see.
For the glory of the Lord rises to shine on you. (Isaiah 60:1)
I also had the opportunity to sit down with my vision for 2017 and discuss it with my dear counselor. She and I walked through ways that I could find small wins on my journey to the big wins. She asked me the two following questions and they have resonated so deeply with me:
(1) Why am I in a place of “no” and where can I find my “yes”?
(2) What is the thing I can do in service to my vision at which I cannot fail?
More yeses and more small wins on the path. Yes and Amen!
I think we call that AN EPIPHANY!
So as I move into this weekend on the night of the holy day of Epiphany, I too have arrived. I have arrived in a life that is my own, that I have power over, and that I can express my energy in the direction of the best me. And I will celebrate this day with wassail, one more night of Christmas music, and by enjoying my christmas tree for one more evening. I have chalked my door to bless my home and all the feet who cross the threshold…including mine!
Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence. (Ephesians 3:12)
May your revelations be surprising.
May the lightbulbs be bright.
And may all your epiphanies bring you great tidings of comfort and joy!
I love you friends!!