From the Pastor

From the Desktop of the Pastor – week of the 3rd Sunday after Epiphany

Hi everyone,

Anyone notice how much brighter it’s been getting lately?  I guess it’s normal, you know, with us living on this side of the earth while it spins on its axis revolving around the sun and all, this is the time of year that we make our slow journey into longer days and shorter nights… only for it to reach its peak and we’ll be moving back.

But anyway, science.  It’s a thing.

I like this time of year though because I like the day time.  I like the sun.  I like being able to see things when I look around without worrying about what may be lurking in the shadows.  And I have a funny feeling that I’m not the only one.

There is just something about the light that affects us.  Maybe it does something for our brains (maybe science has something to do with it).  Maybe it does something for our moods (maybe the brightness lifts up our spirits).  Maybe it does something for our general productivity (maybe being able to see has something to do with it).  But we cannot deny that things do seem more positive, more productive, and just generally better in the light.

Because I don’t quite enjoy walking into walls or kicking furniture legs or getting hurt from various other not-being-able-to-see related accidents.

Let’s look at the readings for next week:
Isaiah 9:1-4
Psalm 27:1, 4-9
I Corinthians 1:10-18
Matthew 4:12-23

Here we have the light.  Not just any light, but the True Light of the world.  This Light came into the world and the darkness has not overcome it.  It sounds a lot like Christmas.

But this light enters our lives, fills our hearts, and brings us joy and peace and empowers us to love and serve.

This isn’t to say that once we have the Light that everything will be honky dory.  No, in fact what probably will happen is that we will see things more clearly and we will recognize things more readily, which will include good and bad.  We will see and appreciate the gifts in our lives, and we will see what is lacking and be motivated to act.

And even if we don’t, the light will still come.  Even if we mess everything up like the disciples did from time to time, the light will still illuminate the world.  Even if we bicker and fight like the church in Corinth, the light will still shine.

And the darkness shall not overcome it.

Thanks be to God.  Have a great week, everyone!

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