Joy, peace, blessings and wholeness to you during Epiphany!
Here we are at the beginning of a new year on the calendar. I don’t find many calendars in the stores that tell us much about the season of Epiphany in our church year, so I want to share with you one of the monthly articles in “Seasons for Wholeness, Volume 3 by Ruth Dankanich Daumer”. I feel it is a perfect guide for us as we work toward wholeness in our life in the busy world we occupy during our time on earth.
Epiphany: Christmas is for us! Immediately after Christmas, the church celebrates the season of Epiphany which lasts until the beginning of Lent. The word Epiphany means “to make known” and during this season we celebrate the full measure of God’s glory in the birth of Jesus. The day of Epiphany (January 6th), also known as “Twelfth Day,” concludes the Christmas season and opens to us the revelation of God’s unending mercy, love and faithfulness! With Epiphany, the Church recognizes the visit of the Wise Men (guided by a great light in the night) and the revelation of God in Christ not only to the Jews, but now also to the Gentiles. In many ways Epiphany shouts out that Christmas is for us!
Epiphany: A Time of Lights: it continues the lights of Christmas and concludes with the revealed light of Jesus’ Transfiguration. The true Light of the world has come to us and destroyed the darkness that lives in our human heart. Health care practitioners use light (such as lasers) to diagnosis and treat certain illnesses. Our Lord uses His Light to judge and heal our human condition. We look forward to more light in our days as our winter gives way to the light of spring and new growth.
Epiphany: Living in and Reflecting the Healing Light: One of the Old Testament Lessons for the Epiphany season is taken from Isaiah 42:1-7. These words describe beautifully living a spirit filled life. God has called and enabled each one of us to be His lights in our dark world as we “…open the eyes that are blind, to free the captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.” We are both recipients and reflectors of God’s healing Light! First, we need to make sure we are in a right relationship with God. Eyes can be blinded both physically and spiritually and cause darkness to overshadow the light. Second, our great God can use us to help others see and feel the light of His love as we care for them. We are called to free the captives and release those who sit in darkness. People can be imprisoned by their own sin, death and the power of the devil. Third, we can speak God’s word of grace and healing acceptance to others and invite them into a relationship with ourselves and our faith community. The darkness of our lives can only be overcome when we see the Baby of Bethlehem in the face of every precious person He has created (Matthew 25:35-40)
I pray that we daily use the gifts we have been given, to care for people during a time of need. His encouragement comes with these words, “…Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:40)
Let’s begin our walk in His light knowing His love for us and feeling His strength as we share that love with others.
Cynthia Rutan RN, Parish Nurse at Peace Lutheran Church and School