Occasionally, we will reprint prior devotions that now reflect on the coming lectionary texts. This is a reprint from a devotion originally published on January 6, 2013.
Prayer: When the magi saw the star, dear Lord, they rejoiced. Help us to rejoice in the same way when we see you in the everyday things we do. Amen.
Reading: Matthew 2: 1-12 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: The twelve days of Christmas are almost over and we will have arrived at Epiphany. Epiphany marks when the wisemen came to visit the Christ Child. They were traveling through the desert, following a star that would lead them to a king.
The wisemen put great faith in that star. They trusted that it would show them the way. In the days of slavery in the United States, slaves would travel the underground railroad to freedom. They, too, followed a star– the constellation “The Big Dipper.” It showed them the way to the north.
Just like the wisemen and slaves trusted stars to lead them, we must trust God to lead us on our earthly journey. We must put our full faith in God to show us the straight and narrow path to take. Pray that God will guide you all the days of your life. --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
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