From church newsletter . . .
Another holiday season has come and gone. As I write this note I am thinking of my Christmas tree. It’s about time to take down the ornaments, put away the twinkling lights, and get the house back in order. As company goes home and diets begin, we are entering into what can be for many a season of darkness. It seems as if we have nothing before us but the long wait until Spring.
This is yet another one of those wonderful moments when the church offers a counter message to the world around us. Rather than a time of darkness, in the church we are entering our season of light. Much as the Winter Solstice celebrates the general lengthening of daylight, so this season in the church is one of celebrating the promise of light in our world.
After the 12 days of Christmas, the church moves into the season of Epiphany. This is the time when we celebrate the light of Christ that has come into the world. On January 6th, the day of Epiphany, we will gather in worship to remember and celebrate the arrival of the magi to Bethlehem. We will go out from there into the season of light, to celebrate the light of Christ that draws both insiders and outsiders to its glory. Like the wise men, we are called to seek the light of Christ in the world around us.
Similarly, we are called to be a people of light in the world around us. We are called to bring hope where there is none. We are called to visit the lonely. We are called to pray for and touch the sick. We are called to be a friendly face in a world that is all too often cold and strange. In the after Christmas let-down, we the people of God, are called to be an uplifting light for the world.
This is the beauty of the Christmas message that remains long after the season is over. If Jesus truly is Emmanuel, God with us, then we can truly experience our God in our relationships with each other and the world around us. In this season of light, let us follow the star to Bethlehem, looking for our Lord among the poor and outcast. And let us strive to be a light in the world around us, offering hope in a dark and lonely world.
Let us, the people of light, be a radiant joy in our community this coming year. Happy New Year and Blessed Epiphany!
With Love, Pastor Heather