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Epiphany Glory: It's Good for You Isaiah 60:1-6

Epiphany Glory: It's Good for You

When the light and glory of God are on us, we can arise and shine!


The research is there: Being a sports fan can be a good thing. Cheering for the home team can ward off depression and alienation and help nurture a sense of belonging and self-worth. This helps us understand today’s Old Testament text where we encounter four words: Arise. Shine. Light. Glory.



For material based on today’s gospel text, see “A Camel on the Roof,” January 6, 1991, at


“Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you” (v. 1).

Arise. Shine. Light. Glory.

Let’s look at the last two words first. We all want light in our lives, especially during these dark winter days. Six days ago, we had only 9 hours and 20 minutes of daylight. But the days are getting slightly longer, and by the end of the month we’ll have 10 hours of light each day.

But what about glory? The prophet Isaiah tells us that “the glory of the...

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