Epihany - It's about seeing the same things differently
Updated: Feb 27, 2019
I don’t know about you but I personally found this past Christmas season more stressful than usual. Anyone in ministry finds Christmas to be stressful in one way or another so it is not about that. It was just an accumulation of things: my late grandson’s lab results arrived confirming a toxic overdose of fentanyl leaving me helplessly angry at those who produce and distribute such products as well as his own poor choices and the inner pain he carried and could not find healing for. My grief for my late parents surfaced as a result. Even three more months without motorcycle rides or golf was eating at me. My own need for the time and kind of solitude in which I find healing seemed to get frustrated, not in part because I was too busy to be aware of what was building within my being. Then I read the opening words to Isaiah 43, one of the texts for this Sunday, ”But now thus says the LORD, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.” Reading those words did not make anything go away or change but they did help me to see things differently and understand myself more deeply. It was a quiet epiphany for me and a reminder of others. God’s love for each of us is unbreakable and eternal.