|A banner at Stafford United Methodist Church depicts the magi.|
So many people are looking for a light at the end of the tunnel. Their concerns and fears wear a dozen faces: loneliness, depression, economics, bullying, terrorism, disease, marital discord -- the list goes on. Epiphany's reminder of the unchanging love of God for us is as refreshing as a glimpse of light at the end of a dark tunnel.
From General Board of Discipleship, United Methodist Church, www.gbod.org, which I used in my adult Sunday School class yesterday
By now, you've probably taken down your Christmas tree at home. I know there are organized people who promptly pull out their Christmas decor the day after Thanksgiving and then pack it away on the day after Christmas.
I'm not one of those people. Because of a persistent cold, I didn't get our Christmas decorations at home taken down until Friday, which was later than normal.
But, after several weeks of twinkling lights decorating the living room, I'm never quite ready to give up the multicolored dreamland.
... or turn off the light on the Noel that decorates my piano during the holidays.
But, even as I hauled the boxes of decorations to the basement, I needed to remember not to let go of the spirit of Christmas. Even if I must take down the twinkle of lights in my living room, I can let the Light of the World continue to shine in my heart, mind and soul as I enter a new year.
Arise, shine, for your light has come.
And the glory of the LORD rises upon you.
|From a friend's Facebook page|
So the message of Epiphany wouldn't just happen on one Sunday in January. It would happen each and every day.
***I shared a variation of this message at Lovely Branches Ministries this month. Check out other bloggers who "Look Ahead, Look Back" through their blog entries this month at the new website.
I'm also linked to Hear It on Sunday, Use It On Monday today.
I have read this on cards with pictures of the three travelers: "Wise Men Still Seek Him" and also "Wise Women still seek him." The last is my addition. Your NeighborReplyDelete
I've seen that, too. It's good advice, isn't it?!Delete
I love the pictures of Stafford UMC. They bring back fond childhood memories of Christmas programs, friends, & family.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Debora! It's a beautiful church. I have similar memories from my days at Byers and Pratt UMCs.Delete