Today is Epiphany. For centuries, this is the day when Christians have celebrated the arrival of the Magi after Christmas. Bearing significant gifts, they were guided by a star, the Hebrew Scriptures, and a dream. And when they finally found Jesus they were overwhelmed with joy.
What’s always been amazing to me about these first couple of chapters in the Gospel of Matthew, is the significant role dreams play. Not just here with the Magi, but over and over, God speaks to people through their dreams.
Which raises the question: what are your dreams? Not just the dreams you have at night – though those can be significant. But, what are your larger dreams, for your life, for your church, your community and your world?
The magi remind us that people will always be seeking something deeper. There is more to life than just treasure, or star-gazing, or the comforts of home. Joy is found in Christ. May your dreams lead you to that end.
Let us pray: Give us great dreams, O God, dreams that are worthy of you and the hope you offer to the ends of the earth. Attune our hearts to your heart, and our life to your life. Through Jesus Christ. Amen.
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