Epiphanytide : Day 3

Star of wonder

Star of light

Star with royal beauty bright

Westward leading

Still proceeding

Guide us to thy perfect light.

The Wise Men set out to find a newborn King by following a star and ended up in finding a baby born to relatively poor parents. Not exactly what they expected and not exactly what befit their dignity.

Many of the stories we hear about explorers arouse our admiration and curiosity. But many of the best stories go differently than expected. Apollo 13 is a great example – a fantastic film based on a true story that did not go as planned. Perhaps the magi are like Marco Polo or Christopher Columbus or those astronauts, a little crazy heading off to land unknown.

In this coming year, may we look to heaven for guidance and comfort and may we accept God’s blessings in whatever forms we find them, just as the Wise Men accepted that their long, expensive journey led them to a baby born to poor, inexperienced parents.

Has your journey of faith been what you expected?

What other metaphors can you think of for the magi or your own journey?


Almighty and everlasting God, creator of time and space of season and epoch, of birth and evolution of both living creatures and galaxies alike, hear us as we humbly come before you as we mark our brief passage of time as another year begins. We have heard the Christmas story, about how you came to live among us. As we try to understand what this means in our lives we pray that you will guide our life journeys.

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