Today’s Author: Anne Haugan

The light shines in the darkness and the darkness does not overcome it. 
Thanks be to God.

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We have dark, cold winters here in Minnesota.  Yet the Epiphany Season is so much about stars and letting our light shine.  When our children were growing up, one of the traditions we had during this season was to make stars and decorate the big front window to let our neighbors know our home was a welcoming home.  We were all about letting our light shine for Jesus.

Whether we are letting our actions of love shine all over the neighborhood or helping strangers’ needs around the world we hope our lives shine for Jesus.

Jesus taught us to live lives of peace, love, joy, and hope.  Today we need a big dose of hope:

  • Hope during strange and scary pandemic times,
  • Hope for sustaining a Democratic Republic,
  • Hope that our Planet Earth will survive a climate crisis,
  • Hope for the Church.

Let us pray,

Almighty God, as we learn of the fragile condition of our world, let us pray for wisdom from our research scientists and engineers and medical personnel that we can be optimistic and hopeful.  May we remember with grateful hearts God’s baptisimal promise of steadfast love and faithfulness.  Help us know that the Epiphany Star points us to actions of doing Christ’s love here on Earth. In the name of hope, may Jesus be with you, Amen

Mid-week devotions are authored by members of our community.  If you are interested in creating a trio of reflections to be shared on an upcoming Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, contact Pastor Peter.