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Sunday, January 4, 2015

As with gladness men of old
did the guiding star behold;
as with joy they hailed its light,
leading onward, beaming bright;
so, most gracious Lord, may we
evermore be led to thee.

As with joyful steps they sped,
Savior, to thy lowly bed,
there to bend the knee before
thee, whom heaven and earth adore;
so may we with willing feet
ever seek thy mercy seat.

William Chatterton Dix’s “As with Gladness Men of Old”
(tune: Dix)
from Glory to God: The Presbyterian Hymnal

Reflection
In our world today, especially as we reach the peak of the busy holiday season, we face a lot of stress. We have moments in which we feel confused and lost, like we were never ready for the situation that has come about, even if we had prepared for it. However, though we may never know which way to turn, we need to remember that there is someone with us who does. God is our star leading the way, like the star leading the “men of old.” We just need to follow its light.

Prayer
Wonderful God,

Please guide us to you through our demanding lives like you led the wise men to your Son.
Please provide help and guidance when we are lost.
Please help us be eager to serve.
Please use our eager hands and eager minds to perform your will.

Thank you for the light you provide out of the darkness to help us find our way.

Amen.


Written by Grace Turner, Member of Fourth Presbyterian Church


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