15th December 2019

A Gathering Light

“Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn. Lift up your eyes and look about you: all assemble and come to you; your sons come from afar, and your daughters are carried on the hip.”
Isaiah 60:3-4 (NIV UK)

Have you ever experienced a ‘Christmas Tree lighting event’? My friend shared a unique experience in a small art district in Dallas, TX. Various art shops opened their doors, providing free wine and hors d’oeuvres. As you can imagine, they quickly filled with people. But as the sun went down, the doors started closing, leaving everyone out in the cold. My friend discovered that he and his family had become separated, and it had become too dark to see clearly.

People were drawn to one little rugged shop that was still lit. It was a glass-blowing shop known for its beautiful creations. In its courtyard stood an old metal tree around which people gathered. At the appointed time, workers from the shop carried out hot molten glass and began drizzling the metal tree with gleaming strips of dazzling light. Within a few minutes the cold metallic structure was transformed into a beautiful tree decorated with glistening glass dancing with fire and light. It was a sight to behold.

This story may remind us of another Biblical story often told to begin the Epiphany season—the story of the Magi, or Wise Men, as often they are called. These astrologers/magicians, weren’t Jewish. But, because of a spectacular light event in the sky, they were drawn to Jesus, King of the Jews. The visit of the Magi to pay homage is a story which reveals to us a Father who never intends for anyone to be left out in the cold, cut off from his family.

Matthew, as he tells this story in his Gospel, seems to have a passage from Isaiah in mind (as quoted above). The birth of Jesus, accompanied by the visit of the Magi, is an epiphany for us. It opens our eyes to see that the Father sent his Son to draw all peoples to himself. No matter the perceived distance and darkness which lie between us and the Father, Jesus is the Light of the world, leading us home. As we come to him, we come to see we are not shut out, lost and alone in the cold, dark night. We are brought into communion with the Father, Son, and Spirit, and with brothers and sisters gathered in the glow of his love.

Magnificent Father, you give us a lifetime of revelations, each one building on the previous ones, until we come to your light. Help us to see as you see, to understand as you understand, so that we may walk closer daily with you. In Jesus’ name we pray.

Presented by Anthony Mullins

About the Presenter:
The Day by Day each Sunday is taken from ‘Speaking of Life,’ (https://www.gci.org/videos/media-speaking-of-life/), a public resource video on the USA website of Grace Communion International. Anthony Mullins is a GCI Elder and Lead Pastor of Grace Communion Hickory in North Carolina. He is also Regional Director of the Southeast Region in the United States as well as the National Coordinator of the Intern, Pastoral Resident, The Orchard and Coaching Programmes for Grace Communion International. Anthony and his wife, Elizabeth live in Hickory, North Carolina.

Local Congregation:
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