1 Arise, shine; for your light has come,
and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you.
2 For darkness shall cover the earth,
and thick darkness the peoples;
but the LORD will arise upon you,
and his glory will appear over you.
3 Nations shall come to your light,
and kings to the brightness of your dawn.
4 Lift up your eyes and look around;
they all gather together, they come to you;
your sons shall come from far away,
and your daughters shall be carried on their nurses’ arms.
5 Then you shall see and be radiant;
your heart shall thrill and rejoice,
because the abundance of the sea shall be brought to you,
the wealth of the nations shall come to you.
6 A multitude of camels shall cover you,
the young camels of Midian and Ephah;
all those from Sheba shall come.
They shall bring gold and frankincense,
and shall proclaim the praise of the LORD.
- Light a candle to remember the presence of Christ with you.
- Sit five to fifteen minutes in silent meditation paying close attention to the deep breath.
- As you settle into your breath, consider your Advent experience this year.
- What darkness did you identity?
- What light does the coming of Christ again shine on the darkness?
- Sit in this light.
- Allow this light to be poured over you.
- Allow this light to penetrate you and reach every inch of you.
- Notice how the light beckons you to respond.
- Allow this response to grow in you.
- What gold and frankincense shall you bring to the Lord?
- Look for the star to guide you to the Lord.
- Listen for God’s message for you.
- Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and for any new insights you have received.
- Share as you feel led in the reply box below.
Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, January 6, 2013, the Epiphany of the Lord (Year C)
Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14
If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author. Permission to use in not-for-profit settings The Rev. Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD