Pause for Prayer: SUNDAY 1/4

Photo by MS

A faithful reader took this photo, a night shot where the darkness reveals more than daylight might have shown. (Click on the image for a larger version)  A street light glowing like a star, a doorway spilling light into darkness...  An Epiphany: a light and a door, a star and a humble dwelling, a royal beauty bright outside a door on which to knock...

Let's pause and pray...

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, 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 where he is and where he dwells:
in light his presence warms
this chilled and darkened night!"
Teach us wisdom, Lord:
open our eyes to your star above,

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



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