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January 6, 2022
January 6 is the traditional date for the Festival of Epiphany when we observe the arrival of the magi to worship the child Jesus. January 6, 2014, is the anniversary of the death of Liz Coffey. As much as I try to link the star the magi followed with the bright qualities of Liz, this day will always be a day when I struggle with all the joy that Liz brought into the world as I mourn her loss. And now, we have yet another remembrance for January 6 with the events of last year, when our country experienced an unprecedented challenge to our democracy. Today, I do what I often do. I turn to favorite writers to give me inspiration when I struggle to find the words to express what is on our heart and mind. So, I invite you to ponder with me this reflection by Steve Garnaas-Holmes.
Magi came asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising and have come to pay him homage.” When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him.” —Matthew 2.2
Herod worries for his crown, and his minions for their supremacy, for the way it was once in the thoughts of their hearts.
A crowd storms the capitol. The army is sent to Bethlehem.
And at home, in the palace of my ego my own Herod quakes.
The Sovereign of Love and the Empire of fear have both revealed themselves.
Who will I serve?
Will I cede power to the Sovereign of Love?
Stand with the power of grace alone, the courage of self-giving?
Or try to take the country back for myself and my kind?
Lead me, star of gentleness, home by another road.
Rev. Dr. Barbara Kershner Daniel
Senior Pastorbkdaniel@erucc.org301-662-2762Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ