We Wonder: Lent
We Wonder: Lent
Jan 6, 2021
Happy Feast of the Epiphany: A Star In The Sky
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Happy Feast of the Epiphany!

Our reading today is Matthew 2:1-12.

I wonder why the Wise Men wanted to travel to find the king of the Jews? I wonder what they said to their friends and family when they left home? And I wonder what they hoped to find?

I wonder why the Wise Men were full of joy when they came to the house where Jesus and his family were staying? I wonder what they saw, and what they heard, that showed them this was the king they were looking for?

I wonder how Mary felt when these strange visitors came inside to worship her son? I wonder what she thought as they unpacked their treasures and gave them to her child?

The word “epiphany” means “to reveal” or “to bring forth.” An epiphany is when something that was hidden comes out for everyone to see. I wonder why Jesus’s birth was hidden and unnoticed by the people in Jerusalem? I wonder why the Wise Men, from another country and far away, were the ones who saw his star, and who found him so they could worship?

I wonder if today, still, Jesus can feel hidden or hard to see? I wonder if he is sometimes in people or places I don’t expect? What do I want to say to God about that?

Can I ask God right now to give me a searching heart, like the Wise Men, ready to see Jesus's glory and rejoice in his presence wherever it is revealed, even in people and places where I don’t expect to find him?

O God, you hung a star in the sky. By that star, you revealed your only Son to people who were far off, and led them to his mother’s house so they could worship him. Lead us now into your presence throughout this season, and open our eyes to encounter your glory in all the places where it is hidden among us. In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen. 

We Wonder is written and hosted by me, Sarah Dahl; produced by Richard Clark; and engineered by Nick Thompson and Noah Kirby. To keep in touch with us and hear about future episodes and seasons, you can follow us on Instagram and Twitter @wewonderpod; you can read more about the podcast at wewonderpod.com. Thanks so much for listening: happy Epiphany to you all!

Connected Families Podcast
Connected Families Podcast
Connected Families
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31 min
The Bible Binge
The Bible Binge
The Popcast Media Group LLC
Herod
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Be the Bridge Podcast with Latasha Morrison
Be the Bridge Podcast with Latasha Morrison
That Sounds Fun Network
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28 min
Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership with Ruth Haley Barton
Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership with Ruth Haley Barton
Ruth Haley Barton
Season 12: Episode 2 | Into the Jungle: The False Self
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45 min
Sorta Awesome
Sorta Awesome
Meg Tietz
Ep. 281 We're obsessed!
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