“And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him...” (Matthew 2:9-11) A week from today, on January 6, the season of Epiphany begins, signaling the end of the Christmas season on the Christian Church calendar. In most Lutheran churches the liturgical color will change from white to green; Epiphany’s message of Christ’s revelation to the Gentiles along with the season’s traditional emphasis on extending Christ’s kingdom through missions, calls for the use of green—the color symbolic of growth. Epiphany is from a Greek word, meaning to “reveal”
Gov. Greg Abbott and other Texas leaders are rolling up their sleeves to get the COVID-19 vaccine and to encourage the public to follow suit.
Shepherds so long ago tending to their flock,
When the Texas Legislature convenes Jan. 12, a key question is how the public will have access to their lawmakers during the pandemic.
We’re all familiar with the charges that the Iranians and Chinese played a part in the presidential election because of a desire to sink a president who was making life rough for them. As is usually the case, however, the issue is more complex than generally pictured. I, for example, have a Trump 2020 sign in my front yard that was sold on Ebay and printed in China. China was playing both sides in the political game with the simple motive of wanting to make money. Such mixed motives often drive their activities. Individual businessmen in China may take different positions (within certain limits imposed on them by their government). Chinese political influence, however, is always there.