The Epiphany of the Lord

– Sigur Ros: Untitled 3

Sometimes, my prayer takes a form of closing my eyes with my face turned toward the sunrise, soaking and absorbing the warmth. As if evaporated by the heat, my soul flies up and up to the highest. I linger there, unable to utter a single word. Up there, I bow to the Divine joining every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, singing,

“Blessing and honor and glory and power

    belong to the one sitting on the throne

    and to the Lamb forever and ever.” (Rev. 5:13)

 * * *

“Arise, Jerusalem! Let your light shine for all to see. For the glory of the Lord rises to shine on you.” (Isaiah 60:1)

On the day Jesus’s bright star lighted my world, my whole being profoundly and violently exploded. The shock of the Truth completely shattered my already broken mind and like the break of the dawn, my world went completely dark, for a brief moment.

“Darkness as black as night covers all the nations of the earth, but the glory of the Lord rises and appears over you.” (Isaiah 60:2)

Just as that night at the barn, Jesus was being born again– This time, in my broken heart.  The bright Star rose. Then the light– the glorious light of the Lord became my only guiding light. It was the only light that I could see. And it clarified everything at long last.

‘Your light shines forth on this broken land. Your love heals many broken hearts. Oh, Jesus, how I love You.’

I finally manage to utter those words and close my prayer this morning. The sun has already came up high and I slowly come to realize that I had been transformed back to the earth. When I finally open my eyes, the light from the window is so bright- it takes me a while to regain my sight.

“Your eyes will shine, and your heart will thrill with joy, for merchants from around the world will come to you. They will bring you the wealth of many lands.” (Isaiah 60:6)

The renewed vision of God’s people flocking to His light becomes my new hope, my everlasting joy. All that’s required of me is… to let this Star shine in my heart, this small corner of my world.



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