It is, after all, still the Christmas season in the church. Even so, I imagine your Christmas festivities are wrapping up. Perhaps some of you are relieved that it’s over. Others may be sad to see the decorations packed back into their boxes for another year. However you’re feeling about the season, about the new year, I hope you’re taking a moment to feel it and wonder at all this season holds. As beautifully simple as Christmas is, it is also wondrously complicated.
All through Advent we talk about the light that comes through Christ to illumine our way. Yet the darkness of uncertainty is not dispelled. At Christmas, we are comforted by the familiar story and hymns, yet our world seems to stay the same. The wonder and peace that we find in worship, or in the stillness of Christmas Eve night disappears into our crowded calendars and routines… just in time for our next season.
Epiphany. The word means to be revealed, made manifest. In this season, we look for where God is revealing Godself to us here and now. Maybe it’s at work like the fisherman who ended up dropping their nets. Maybe it’s in our homes like Mary and Martha. Maybe it’s along the road like Bartimaeus.
Whether we realize it or not, God is present, and we and the world are changed forever.
One of my favorite lines this year was not in a song or in scripture, but in the prayer said over communion – “Blessed are You in the darkness and in the light.” Where there is light, there is God and it is blessed. And where there is darkness, there is God and it is blessed. Whether you sit in darkness or bask in the light, God is there and it is blessed. This is the gift of Christmas. This is the truth of Epiphany. This is the peace that lasts all year long.
Blessings to you,
“For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.” -Romans 8:24-25
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