Pause for Prayer: Epiphany Sunday

Photo by MS

The picture came six years ago from a reader who then lived in Brookline, MA. It's a night shot whose darkness reveals more than any daylight photo might have shown us. (Click on the image for a larger version.)

I was immediately taken with this side-street scene : a street lamp burning like a star above and a doorway spilling a splash of light in the darkness: light to light in the darkness...

An Epiphany: a street lamp and a door, a star and a humb le dwelling, a royal beauty bright outside a door on which to knock...

For Epiphany, here's my reflection on this photo, offered for your Pause for Prayer...

Audio for today's Pause for Prayer

O Magi,
were you confused?

Did you wonder if you'd taken a left for a right
or misjudged the bright star's GPS?

Was it all a big mistake?
Could this really be the street? 
the place? 
the door?

The light spills into night,
and beckons and calls:
"This way! Come this way!
Let go your thoughts
of what should be or might have been,
and open up to what is here,
to what will be,
to where he is and where he dwells
in the light his presence warms
on this chilled and darkened night!"
Teach us your wisdom, Lord:
open our eyes to your star above

and our hearts to the glow of your presence
within us, around us
and living just across the street,
lighting paths we walk each day,
lifting us up and out of our darkness
to the radiance of your holy face...



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