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Lower United Methodist Church
January 6, 2021

 

“When they saw the star, they were filled with joy."
Matthew 2:10

The story of the three wise men coming from the east, following a star, has always been fascinating to me. In our church in Puerto Rico, we celebrate the story on Epiphany Sunday with three church members dressed as the Magi giving candies or fruit to the children. On January 5th, the evening before Epiphany, all the children get a shoebox with grass for the camels under their beds, hoping the next morning the Magi would have left them a special gift.

Now that I am older, I still get excited about the story of wise men coming from the east searching for a baby and suddenly realizing they were in the presence of God. Epiphany! Revelation! God taking us by surprise!

I love to hear about their tenacity travelling all the way to a strange country just to worship the baby. I am amazed by their wisdom and understanding when they got to the city and realized no one has seen the star and has no idea who has been born King of the Jews. Epiphany! God is guiding us even if some people can’t see the star!

I imagine that they began to suspect that something was wrong when King Herod and the whole city were troubled by their words rather than celebrating and rejoicing the birth of a King. I believe there was so much darkness in their hearts that they could not see the star or receive the good news of Jesus.

However, the Magi kept searching for the baby. When they saw the star, they were filled with joy! Epiphany! God is guiding us even in the darkest times! The star is still shining for all to see, even though some people insist on looking down and continue to live in darkness.

As this new year starts, let us choose to keep searching for our Lord wherever we go. Let the light of Christ shine through us and illuminate those in sadness and fear. Let the joy of the star move us to serve others in our midst. The star will keep shining when we align our hearts together with God’s will. 

Rev. Ileana Rosario

 
Prayer List Updates

Please remember these people
in your prayers:


 
Family of Lee Rosser
David Taylor
Wayne Evans
Curt Saunders' brother
Family of Walter Allen Harrow
Pat Russell
Tony Astrada
Janice Ash
Clarence Hargis

 
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