Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Whatever Light God Provides
We Can Find Our Way
to Love God
With All Our Hearts, Minds, and Strength
O Lord of hosts, happy is everyone who trusts in you.
When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure-chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
Words of Grace For Today
The day we celebrate Epiphany, the revealing, the in breaking of the Light of Life, is today.
Happiness is something we can spend our lives trying to find or achieve … in vain.
It is something that we can receive, as a pure gift, as grace, from God. When the Holy Spirit inspires us to trust God, life may not appear outwardly to change, yet the inner workings of our lives are transformed. The criteria of happiness are not attached any more to things or money or comfort or shopping … nor even chocolate or 42.
Instead our brains are re-wired, our hearts along with them. We evaluate the whole of life according to the joy of being humbled before God and being able to give God praise … and being able to serve God by extending God’s Grace to all other people.
Wisdom of the eastern people guided them …
to know the meaning of a bright star, and the courage to follow … for hundreds of miles … the star into Israel, and later to find Bethlehem, and in Bethlehem a cow’s stable and in the stable the infant Jesus in a cow’s manager.
There they offer up treasure of great value to Jesus. It is the honour they have to give, a rare honour.
When we are inspired to trust God, we know happiness as it is only truly possible, as we are able to allow God to connect our hearts, minds and souls to Grace. In that we have courage to be a bit of what God created us to be, happy … for that is certainly part and parcel of life abundant.