7Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. 8Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, ‘Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.’ 9When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. 11On 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. 12And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.
Devotion by Lynne Buell
My bad, because I was supposed to write my devotion yesterday (January 6). For the most part when my devotion comes due, I am prepared, even if I have something out of the ordinary going on. This past weekend, my best friend came for a very short visit so that we could have our Christmas together. I also try to take weekends off from church stuff. As a result, I never gave my personal devotion a thought. Yesterday we entered the season of Epiphany. Just as the wise men experienced this amazing wonderment, I embrace that same feeling each time I see the works of God all around me. Christie and I had a delightful, though short, visit together; and now I’m sitting here beginning the first full week in the New Year with a feeling of assurance and certainty.
Over the weekend I had another epiphany and decided to follow its path. For the past almost 10 years I’ve had several epiphanies. The first epiphany that I was aware of sent me to the Pilgrimage community. As I’ve said many times before, I live my life according to the Holy Spirit’s guidance. As a result, I’ve had a wonderful existence.
I pray for our church during our time of transition. We’ve had quite a year with each of us experiencing various emotions. I pray our church leaders, who are learning how to cope and resolve issues as they arise, that they will seek God’s help and (wisely) listen to the Holy Spirit. I truly believe that we are embraced by God’s grace.
Instead of including my prayer, I ask anyone who reads my devotion to pray for strength, guidance, and understanding (practicing being wise) during the upcoming year for Pilgrimage UCC, the loving community, and its leaders. Amen.