Meditation for the Epiphany

Seeing the Light

Welcome to this meditation for the Epiphany. It is the sixth and final meditation in the series I’ve been offering through Advent, Christmas and Epiphany. 

This offers about half an hour of focussed  prayer and reflection to help you mark this season, and prayerfully be attentive to God. 

You will need a bible; a notebook and pen would also be helpful for you as you reflect and note things that emerge for you. 

Nick Helm

List of Meditations

Take some time to settle into this time for prayer and reflection 

relax into the support of your chair

listen...

... to the sounds around you. staying for a few moments with each sound

... notice the ones coming from your room, your house

... notice the ones coming from outside

... return to the ones in your room

... then notice the sounds in your own body, your breathing, your pulse...

the sounds of your very life

God the life giver is present in your heartbeat, in your breathing, welcoming your attentiveness to this wonder.

Welcome God's welcome to you - receive, enjoy, let your gratitude emerge...

 

Play the Taize chant ‘The Lord is my Light’

The journey we have been following, has involved waiting and hoping through Advent. It has involved beholding the mystery of the incarnation, God coming as a baby into humankind. 

At Epiphany we recognise this incarnate God, Jesus Christ is for the whole world. The Magi journeyed from another land to find the baby and acknowledge him with gifts. 

Their journey doesn't end in Bethlehem. There is further to go! 

Take a few moments to recall your own journey of life. Let your mind play back over it. 

As you do this, is there any underlying longing, hope or desire that has been emerging for you. A motivation that undergirds your life. 

Take time to let things emerge - note down for yourself any insights that come to you.

Slowly read the passage. As you do, ponder the motivation and values of the wise men from the East and the motivation and values of Herod

Notice your own reactions to each of these. What you are drawn to, recognise and value for yourself? What disturbs you, raises your anxieties?

How do these compare with your own motivations that emerged from thinking about your own journey.

Christina Rosetti in her carol 'In the bleak mid-winter' asks 'What can I give him?' and answers 'Give him my heart'. 

Take time to join the magi, who give gold, frankincense and myrrh. Letting your heart, your motivations, your hopes and desires be your rich offering to the Christ Child.

 

Listen to 'Never-ending Road' by canadian singer-songwriter Loreena McKennitt.

The chorus:

Here is my heart and I give it to you
Take me with you across this land
These are my dreams, so simple and few
Dreams we hold in the palm of our hands

As you contemplate your own onward journey, into 2021...

... what are your hopes and dreams?

Are there things that have emerged for you through these meditations that you wish to carry with you?

Sit with your hands open upwards ...

... let your hands hold 

... your hopes for 2021

.... things you want to carry with you from this series

... the deep desires, motivations, hopes and dreams that undergird your life

offer these to God

notice any sense of God's response to you

ask for God's help in your onward journey

Pray the Lord's Prayer. 

Blessed are we…

who offer our hearts to the Christ.

Blessed are we …

who open our hands in prayer.

Blessed are we …

who journey onwards.

Blessed are we …

carry the holy presence.

Blessed are we …

desire the glory of the Christ to be seen.

Blessed are we …

who humbly accept our need for Christ's grace.

Blessed are we …

who are called to be Christ's companions on the journey

Blessed are we …

who walk with him, one step at a time.

Take a few minutes to notice what effect this time has had upon you.

Notice how God is with you now. 

At this end of the series of meditations, it may be helpful to record for yourself how you have been affected by them, what your sense of God has been, what significant things have emerged for you. 

I have enjoyed the privilege of preparing and offering these to you and would love to receive some feedback. 

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