“Then you will look and be radiant,
your heart will throb and swell with joy”
Where is the light in your life right now? Where is your joy? For me this is a difficult season because someone I admired very much passed away during this time last year. In fact, our community has lots of difficult anniversaries to walk through this year since many have so recently left us. And instead of reflecting on the light, my mind is drawn into darkness. And I ask the question that we all ask when unexplained bad things happen: Why? To which I can find no good answer. I try to shift my thoughts. I ask: Where? Where is the light and the joy? Let me follow where they lead. Where can I shine a light today?
Today is the Feast of Epiphany when we remember a bright star that shone in a midnight blue sky, so brilliant that strangers from another land marveled at its mystery and followed it all the way to a distant, strange and humble place.
The light leads us all to humility. To behold our many mangers. To unexpected places where love can be born. Through cities full of raging kings, through the tears of childless mothers, through mobs worried about money, through peoples’ judgements upon our lives, through it all so that we may know that light can shine in all these places. Here, among us in our bleak midwinter, love is born.
Here is a blessing for you this day: May you see and follow the light (however small) and the joy (however childish) that is shining in your life. May you fear not the place to which you are called to go. May you behold the child in the humble manger–the one with a face similar to yours. May you hold this child, the incarnate light of God, so that all may see and know that no matter how dark a time is this: love wins.