“In the time of Herod . . . wise men came from the East to Jerusalem, asking “Where is the child?” Matthew 2:1-18
Epiphany! January 6, 2021, is a day that will live in history in the United States and in the world. As we move into the “Time after Epiphany” in the church year we ponder what will come next. Herod felt threatened. The wise men, when they saw where the child was, were overwhelmed with joy. They did not return to Herod. And when Herod saw that the wise men did not return to him, he was infuriated. So, he mercilessly killed all the children two years old and under. Like Rachel, people wept for their children and could not be consoled.
In the midst of our long journey into an unknown and yet God-promised future, we who have seen the star are called to follow and to find the Christ again. In the midst of a global pandemic when so many are dying, we weep. In the midst of danger that is here and surrounds us, we seek wisdom. In the midst of these and every circumstance, this star, as bright as day, will never lead astray.
Prayer: Christ, you are the way, the truth, the life. May we seek truth and live it. May we seek life and share it. Epiphany! Amen
Deaconess Norma Cook Everist, Mason City, Iowa