January 6, 2013

Sonnet for Epiphany

Posted in Creation, Epiphany, Hope at 10:37 pm by Teresa Roberts Johnson

Born on day four with myriad other twinkling lights
Created to mark days and seasons, months and years,
The star shone faithfully through centuries of nights
Amid the stately dance of the celestial spheres.
A minor player, satisfied God’s glory to declare,
The star remained unnoticed by beleaguered man
Until a special glory it was called to share.
This missive of the Light appeared in eastern land
To guide the Gentile seers to the promised King.
Inspired by fearless hope, and by the star’s light drawn,
From half a world away they trudged, their gifts to bring.
As brilliant beams anointed earth with heaven’s dawn,
The Magi found the promised Child and bowed to praise
The Light that banished darkness with its glorious rays.

Copyright © 2013, 2022 by Teresa Roberts Johnson (All rights reserved)

This poem might be described as Genesis 1 meets Psalm 19, Matthew 2, and John 1. The interesting thing about the birth of our Lord is that every one of the people who took the time and effort to believe God’s word and come to see Him for themselves went away joyful. But those who did not desire the Light could neither be drawn nor illumined by it, namely Herod and the chief priests and scribes. There is no way to fathom the deceptive wickedness of Herod, who pretended to want to worship our Lord, while all the time plotting against Him (bringing to mind Genesis 3:15). There will always be opposition to the clear truth of Christ. But the Light cannot be extinguished. Dawn will break, and it will encompass the world.

Started and finished on The Feast of the Epiphany 2013.

Revised on The Feast of the Epiphany 2022.


  1. Another good one; thanks, Sister.


    • Teresa Roberts said,

      Thank you so much, Father!


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