by Beth Bondurant
DEVOTION: The Long Journey to Epiphany‏

Constant exhaustion when traveling the long road of doctors, hospitals, waiting and wondering . Cutting through the red tape of politics and protocol... of tradition and tedious regulation. Complete shock when the death of a loved one comes without warning. Crippling doubt when rocks and arrows; high winds and hail; questions and inquiry are flung our way. Continual crossing through the wilderness of life and time on the ancient highway to Epiphany.

 In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage."  When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

Incredible credence when faith is steadfast and brings us "home".

Fabulous credit to the wonder of trust and the benefit of belief. 

Creative/omnific power of GOD WITH US.


O God, help us as we travel the road of life ... searching.....seeking... finding and feeling your presence and power in and around us. Life is not easy.  The path is rocky and full of pot holes.  Time moves so slowly and then speeds up to throw us into tornado winds of devastation.  We find ourselves so weary and tired... wondering and asking "why".  Help us remember.  Teach us through the stories of others and the companionship of prayer.  We, like the kings want to fall at your feet and find the treasures you bring. Forgive us when we doubt and struggle in our faith... when our bodies are weary and weak with unbelief. When we find ourselves confronted with a society of greed and temptation, help us move toward your grace and forgiveness. Touch us with your great love, your countenance of peace and your power of resurrection as we make The Long Journey to Epiphany.