It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Saturday, January 06, 2018

Chapter 1, Page 6, Book 18


NEW YEAR DAY #6

Epiphany

Joy in the Journey

God of action, help me to hear your call to journey. Help me to realize that this journey is not one that I’ll complete today or tomorrow but one that will last my entire life. Like the Magi, help me to find joy in my journeying today. Amen.

January 6th is an ancient church festival commemorating the magi’s trek to the Christ Child. The word epiphany means a manifestation or revelation. 

The lessons learned from the story of the wisemen can do a lot to increase our level of joy.  It is a fact that the level of joy you have is directly related to what you seek, and where you look.

We are often tempted to look in the wrong place when we seek happiness. The wise men didn’t just stare at those stars, they followed the stars and this is where the story gets so interesting…The stars are right there and people, people like us, miss them.

When they saw the star, they were filled with joy!  

Too often we don’t celebrate life or celebrate love like we could or should, or our blessings, or our journeys .  We need to remember to be joy filled and celebrate what is most important to us.

Three Kings came riding from far away,
Melchior and Gaspar and Baltasar;
Three Wise Men out of the East were they,
And they travelled by night and they slept by day,
For their guide was a beautiful, wonderful star.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

4 comments:

jack69 said...

I love a journey. Joy is mine on a journey, but the one of the wise men held such a treasure at the end. I guess ours can too. I had never read those words of Longfellow's. Thanks

Carol Z said...

Love the journey! When I look at my year as a thousand mile journey it gives me perspective. Some days I will accomplish more and some days a lot less, but every day is an important part of my journey. Take care and stay warm!

Mevely317 said...

"Looking for love in all the wrong places ..." (Remember that song from Urban Cowboy?)

... the level of joy you have is directly related to what you seek, and where you look. Boy, you said a mouthful!

TARYTERRE said...

this is so true. "It is a fact that the level of joy you have is directly related to what you seek, and where you look. We are often tempted to look in the wrong place when we seek happiness. "