Follow That Meteor Shower

2012 has first meteor shower – USATODAY.com

According to the church calendar, January 6 is the Epiphany of the Lord, the day that we commemorate the magi presenting gifts to the young Christ child. In order to find the Christ, these wise men from the East had to follow the stars. Well-versed in astrology, they followed heavenly lights only to discover the eternal Light.

This year, we could make a strong argument that such an epiphany occurred one day early. In the early morning hours of January 5, a mysterious meteor shower occurred with lights flashing throughout the sky. According to an article in USA Today, this spectacle was most easily visible to those living in the East as opposed to the West. Those of us who live in the western hemisphere would only be witnesses if we were awake and alert in the darkest time of the night.

Similarly, the Wise Men from the East witnessed something that people living just next door to Jesus easily missed: a king had arrived, a king unlike any other, a star distinct from all other stars. Also, their quest for the Christ-child forced them to stay awake during the darkest hours. As we celebrate the meteors crashing throughout the sky as they rarely & quietly do, let us not forget the awesome star that shone so many years ago. May we, with the magi, open our eyes to the realization that our world is not the same. May we search for what has changed, even if it means walking through the darkness, because in the end we will find the light. And our response is one of worship--wonder and awe not just of what we see in the sky but what we experience beyond the sky.

grace, peace, LIGHT, and all good things to each of you--
Pastor Darian