January 14th Weekly E-votional

Last week in worship, we celebrated Epiphany.  Epiphany  is the day that we celebrate the Magi arriving to find the Christ child.  As most of us remember, the Magi followed a star until they found Christ.  We don’t know how many Magi there was, we don’t know when they arrived (anytime after birth to two years after the birth).  We do know that they journeyed, following that star, gave gifts, and then returned home.

As part of worship, everyone was given a star word.  If you weren’t there, these were small stars with different words on it.  The idea behind this was to give you a “star” to follow as we enter into 2016, a “star” to guide you.  The reactions were interesting as people looked at their words and thought about them.  If you were not here last Sunday and would like a star word, there are some in a basket on the sign-up table in the narthex.  No, you may not switch yours out if you didn’t like it!  If you do not make it to church regularly, leave a comment and we will let you know what your star word is!

My word is “serenity” and it is already making a difference.  The very next day I had a meeting that ran longer than I expected.  I was in a hurry to get home because I knew dinner was ready and it was past Hannah’s dinner time.  Traffic was bad, especially where Laurel-Bowie Rd goes down to one lane.  Then I got stuck in the one lane behind someone going 15 MPH under the speed limit.  This is one of those instances that typically drive me crazy!  However, I took a deep breath and thought “serenity”.  Then I prayed for serenity and it worked.  I have faced several similar scenarios to different extents and they were met with various levels of success (hint – toddler tantrums and pizza places forgetting the order for seeds – not as serene as I would hope!)  However, I can tell that it is making a difference and it is only the first week.  I truly hope I continue to pursue “serenity” throughout the year.  I can’t wait to hear how your star words have affected you!

Matthew 2:9b-11:  “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. 10 When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. 11 ”


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