3 Ways to Pray through Epiphany

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1. Light a candle before dinner tonight. Ask your kids to see if you can sit in silence together for a whole minute. Enjoy whatever moment of quiet you can get with this symbol of Christ’s light.

2. Write down one new thing you have learned about God in the past year—even a small “epiphany.”

3. Pray with a new image of God from Scripture, like this image of God as mother bear from Hosea 13:4-8 that echoes Clarissa’s essay.

Yet I have been the Lord your God
ever since the land of Egypt;
you know no God but me,
and besides me there is no savior. 
It was I who fed you in the wilderness,
in the land of drought. 
When I fed them, they were satisfied;
they were satisfied, and their heart was proud;
therefore they forgot me.
So I will become like a lion to them,
like a leopard I will lurk beside the way.
I will fall upon them like a bear robbed of her cubs,
and will tear open the covering of their heart;
there I will devour them like a lion,
as a wild animal would mangle them.

God’s love for us is as fierce as a mother bear’s care for her cubs.

Want to keep reflecting on Epiphany? Check out this essay from our archives:

“And suddenly, like a signpost in a swirling blizzard, the face slowly emerged from the whirling snow on screen: eyes, nose, lips…Even though we had come here today—through bitter cold and biting wind and every wise voice warning us to stay home—hoping to find exactly this, I was still astonished to discover it before my own eyes.”

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