Epiphany: God’s promise that darkness does not win

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by Bishop Mark Narum – 1/5/2015

candle-197248_1280 (300x225)The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light;
those who lived in a land of deep darkness – on them light has shined.  Isaiah 9:2

What has come into being 4in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. 5The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.  John 1:3c-4

Light offers hope.  For me, it really is that simple.  Darkness descends on a space, slowly filling all the cracks and crevasses, silently sucking the air, leaving my chest heavy, constricted.  Darkness is a place I would rather never enter into, a space of chaos, unknown dangers (real or imagined), ,here I have no control and the outcome is uncertain.

Truth be told we all are forced to enter into places of darkness.  You have walked into those rooms, too. I am certain of it.  Rooms where the darkness of death has descended, creeping in unexpected, leaving in its wake incredible grief dripping with endless questions that no words can answer.  Space of personal despair where it seems all hope is lost and there is little desire to imagine a future.  Times when you have been dealt a crushing blow by words like divorce, cancer or bankruptcy.  Into the darkness we descend consumed by its overwhelming, unstoppable power to hold us in its grip.

Epiphany is God’s promise that darkness does not win.  A sliver of light brings with it the inkling of hope, the possibility of a future, a way forward.  A candle, a tiny flicker of a candle, can push darkness back a bit, creating a space where you can catch your breath and regain your balance.  So to God, through the power of the Holy Spirit enters into our world with The Light of the World, the light which no darkness can overcome.  This One, this Son of God has come offering life.  So we come to the light, to the Son, with our brokenness, our emptiness, our pain and we find hope.

May the Light of Christ bathe over you this day and everyday.

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