We’re marking Epiphany here, because it is too late by next week. All the decorations will be down. It also means an easy Sunday as I’ve found some meditations that will work. This is the opening prayer.
who has awakened our hearts
with the light of stars,
and dazzled our imaginations
with the possibility of heaven,
You shine into this dawning new year
and cast Your rays across the world
that new vision may settle
Bringing hope and love
You are turning over the old ways
and announcing the possibility of change
to seek after the best for all people.
With signs and wonders
You stir up
the settled view,
disrupting the convenient
for the challenge of alternative patterns.
Clothing ourselves in the comfort of darkness,
we hide away our bad habits
lest people see us at our worst.
We close our minds
to welcoming difference.
We linger in the familiarity of past memories,
afraid of an unknown future.
You make us brave with starlight and wonder,
and it is Your loving tenderness,
Lord of all nations,
that reminds us
of Your on-going work in our lives.
Incomplete and uncertain
we place our lives in Your hands.