Dublin First United Methodist Church
Saturday, January 19, 2019
To reach, teach and serve others in the name and love of Jesus Christ

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Tyler's Take

 

Today is Epiphany Sunday, a special Sunday of the Christian year that commemorates the moment that the Wise Men met the baby Jesus in Bethlehem.  On this day we are called to remember the story of the Wise Men, or the Three Kings, and whom some people also refer to as the Magi.  These men were pagan stargazers who famously saw the star of Bethlehem in the night sky from their homes far away in the East and then in response to this marvelous light, they left their lives behind to travel hundreds of miles to bear witness to the birth of the Messiah.

 

We know very little about these men and even less of them after their encounter with Jesus.  Though we know for sure that their journey is one that we all have taken in our lives at some point.  I say this intentionally because we are all very much like these “Kings of Old” in the sense that all of us have been drawn to God in some way.  All of us have begun a journey to know Jesus more fully and to worship Him just as the Wise Men did in the Gospel story.

 

We likely did not come to find Jesus after a long and bitter journey across barren deserts on the backs of camels.  Our journey to Jesus may have been the timid steps we took down the aisle of the church to the altar rail, where we knelt in awe, and gave our lives to Jesus in the ultimate act of worship.  This experience of coming to Jesus is no less meaningful than that of the Magi, as the journey takes us to the most important destination of our lives, the feet of Jesus. 

 

With this in mind, let us pray a prayer of the Wise Men:

 

Dear Lord,

 

Thank you for calling to us and drawing us near to you.  Our journey to you has shaped who we are and we know that we will never be the same after we see your face.  Bless our efforts to know you more fully, forgive us where we fall short, and guide our steps that we may never stray from your presence. Let us never forget, O Lord, what drew us to you in the first place and may we continue to seek you out in all ways as we journey toward our heavenly reward.  In the precious name of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world, we pray.

 

 

Amen.