The First 15

Thursday January 7, 2021

by Julian Hobdy

Opening Prayer

Begin this new day by praying this prayer out loud. As you are able, consider kneeling as a physical expression of your commitment to Jesus as Lord of your life and the one you desire to lead you this day. Alternatively, you might consider placing a hand over your heart as you pray this prayer. 

Lord, as we enter into a brand new year, help me to be still and find you in these peaceful moments. Amen.

Scripture Reading

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”

Matthew 2:1-2


Yesterday, January 6, was the Christian feast day that we traditionally refer to as “Epiphany.” In Western Christianity, it marks the conclusion of the Christmas season, and it is symbolic of the day the Magi (or Wise Men) visited the newborn Christ. What may not be obvious is the universality of that moment–God doesn’t reveal Godself to the Jews alone, but is revealed to the Gentiles as well. This joy that came to the world was truly for all of the world, as Jews and Gentiles alike came to see God in a way God hadn’t been seen before.

As we go into this new year, in light of today being the day after Epiphany, maybe it’s a good idea that all of us begin to look to see God in ways we haven’t before. Today, let’s all ask for enlightened eyes to see. 

Closing Prayer

When you are finished with your time of reflection, close out this time with this prayer. 


Open the eyes of our hearts, Lord. Open our eyes so we may see you, in the splendor of your glory, and we worship you better. Help us to see what we don’t see, and let this revelation shape our hearts, minds, decision-making, and presence in the world. Change us that we might be agents of change in the world. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

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