Epiphany Sunday has become one of my favorite days at my church. We each receive a Star Word to guide us for the year, just as the Wise Men followed the star to the Christ child.
This year, my word is “pure.” As you can see, it is already stuck with a magnet on my refrigerator. My first thought when I saw my word was:
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God,” from the Sermon on the Mount. (Matthew 5:8)
When I receive my Star Word each year, I love to dig deep and learn as much as I can about the word. The Oxford Dictionary defines pure as “not mixed or adulterated with any other substance or material.”
We tend to equate this definition with “sinless” or “flawless.” But as with other Star Words, its meaning has another layer. For example, Benson’s Bible Commentary notes that purity of heart means serving God “continually with a single eye and an undivided heart.”
Then I found this verse:
“But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy.” (James 3:17)
My Star Word not only guides my heart and keeps my eyes on Jesus; it also describes the nature of our Lord. How wonderful to remember that our God is true and unchanging!
So my Star Word for 2019 will help me keep my focus on our merciful, reasonable, and steadfast God who is our unchanging Rock. I feel as though Jesus is saying, as Sarah Young wrote in Jesus Calling, “Keep your eyes and your mind wide open to all that I am doing in your life.“
A blessed way to start the year!