a Path to Peace – January 7

January 7, 2018                                                                                              First Sunday after Epiphany

Personal Prayer:

Wash me clean Lord.

This week’s Prayer for Peace:

Holy One, water is many things to us. It sustains us and cleans us. We are attracted to it in all of its forms and yet we take it for granted most of the time. Help us to appreciate the gift of clean water and to help others obtain it as easily as we do. We feel your Spirit in the rain and snow and in a lake or river or sea. We can remember you in all of these places and more as we thank you for the gift of the Spirit that is always with us, guiding and protecting. Amen.

Lectionary Readings:

Matthew 2:1-12 – And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.

Genesis 1:1-5 – The Spirit of God was brooding over the surface of the waters.

Psalm 29 – God’s voice is powerful and filled with majesty.

Acts 19:1-7 – Did you receive the Spirit when you became believers?

Moment for Peace:

It’s hard to think about being baptized in the river when it’s cold outside but maybe a hot shower. Or perhaps a hot shower after spending a few nights or weeks on the streets homeless. Trying to keep warm, wearing the same clothes because it makes no sense to change when it’s freezing. What would it feel like to enter a warm room, strip off all of those dirty layers and step into a strong spray of abundant hot water? Washing away the pain, feeling human again. A baptism.