Today is Epiphany ... a celebration of the Light of Christ made know to the Gentiles, the Magi from the East ... most likely Persia. On Christmas Eve I commented that I could smell the Light. The examples I gave were almost all an aspect of worship or an act of worship in praise and thanksgiving to God. Yes, in that sense we smell the Light of Christ in us and among us.
But, what about when we step outside the doors of our church?
How do we sense the Light of Christ in the world around us?
During Epiphany, the season of the Light of God revealed among us, I want to challenge myself (and maybe you too) to sense and find the Light of Christ
in the hungry,
|More than 550,000 Americans are homeless on any given night.|
the poor and needy,
|Over 146 million people in the United States are poor or low income.|
and the forgotten.
It's easy to sense the Light of Christ in the beauty of worship. But, this Epiphany season, may He open our eyes to see His Light in unexpected places ... in places and in people where He waits for us to share a cup of water ... or coffee, to offer a word of comfort or encouragement, to give a coat because we have two. The Light is in those places ... and people ... too. What Light do we miss when we pass them by?
Perhaps, as we practice these things we will experience a renewed sense God's Unfathomable Light (thank you Janet George!) and breathe in its scent of grace ... as John said in his gospel "grace upon grace" ... and peace and goodness and kindness. What blessings await us as we take in the scent of Christ's Light among us. Yes, what blessings. Thanks be to God.