Readings: Isaiah 60:1-6, Romans 16:25-27, Matthew 2:1-12

Resolve

Blessed new year to you! Do you have a resolution? That’s a “firm decision to do” (or not do) something. My resolve tends to dissipate rather quickly, but some years I’ve actually succeeded. I’ve kept a gratitude journal every day for a year, I’ve done yoga nearly every day for a year, and once I gave up doughnuts for a year. (Sounds silly, but you have no idea how many tempting doughnuts end up in the church office!) Last year I was extremely lazy and didn’t stick with my idea of a “new routine in 2018.” Worse yet, I abandoned other year’s healthy resolutions, too, and I didn’t keep a gratitude journal or do yoga and I ate too many doughnuts. When our daughter was little, she called it “New Year’s Revolution.” Some things we’d like to change seem like a revolutionary twist in our lifestyle. Changing eating habits, exercising a half hour a day, paying off debt, ending procrastination, volunteering more, meeting our neighbors, learning something new… change is tough for us. This weekend we celebrate Epiphany (“the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles as represented by the Magi”) and what a revolutionary twist that was for the world! When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Whether you are planning to stick to a resolution or an outright life revolution, may you be inspired and overjoyed like the Magi on their quest to find the Christ. Humble worship was part of their plan, as it is a part of every good plan. May we stick to the good plan the Lord has for us, with great resolve and perseverance, and worship Him all along the way. Peace, strength and joy to you this year, Tracy