Daily Bread January 06

Epiphany: Light Dawns on a Weary World
Katie Harmon-McLaughlin of Independence, MO, USA

And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways, to give knowledge of salvation to his people by the forgiveness of their sins. By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.” -Luke 1:76-79

Darkness encompasses the winter months. I awake early and light a candle, gaze out the window as dawn slowly arrives. Faint hues of blue, purple, pink begin to emerge from the black of night. The reliable cycle of night turning into day brings a sense of freshness, possibility, and hope even when life is at its bleakest.

As I watch soft colors grow more radiant, sprawling across the brightening sky, I remember that I, too, am moving, cycling, spinning on this beautiful earth as we rotate around the sun. It is not that the sun comes to ME each morning as center of the universe, but that I am part of a dynamic cosmos in a divine dance of light and life that makes existence possible in every moment. Even in the dark of night, the sun has not disappeared. Our orientation on this green-blue spinning sphere has shifted. Each day is a sacred rotation making visible what always is.

“Light dawns on a weary world” today and every day. Creation’s daily rhythms are lessons in trust and faith. This day of Epiphany is the same-whether a bright star in the night sky guiding the way or the promise and hope of the rising sun. The light will come. The light is always coming. It has never gone away. We are spinning and moving. We are not stuck in one place even when it feels that way. Light dawns on a weary world as we continually encircle what brings life.

Prayer Phrase

“Light dawns on a weary world.” CCS 240

Spiritual Practice

The Light of God

Epiphany invites us to focus on the light of God. Close your eyes and draw your attention to your breath. As you breathe gently in and out, reflect on the statement, “The light of God is in all things.” The light has a bright, soft beauty and radiates God’s healing love. The light of God reaches you and permeates you with a deep sense of peace. Rest in the light as it surrounds and fills you. Thank God that you live in God’s light and it lives in you.

Today’s Prayer for Peace

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