LET THERE BE LIGHT!
That’s the beginning of the story. It is actually the whole story. There was nothing. Then Creation exploded into being as God sang the Song of Light. “God saw everything that God had made, and indeed, it was very good.” (Genesis, Chapter 1)
Well, mostly. For a while. Somehow darkness continued — and still continues — to plague us: the darkness of tragedy, the darkness of natural disaster, the darkness that persists in the human heart.
But Christmas reminds us of the power of light: “The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.” We experience Jesus as the embodiment of that light: “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.” (Gospel of John, Chapter 1) But darkness still persists.
January 6th is Epiphany. It is the day the Church recalls the journey of the magi, the exotic persons “from the East” who followed a mysterious star to find the Christ Child. It is a celebration of the light of Christ which we will share in worship on January 8th.
What sort of star was it? Who were the magi? What does their journey tell us about being Epiphany People? Read Matthew 2:1-12. What epiphanies do you find?
Together in Christ,
Pastor Rick Neale
Rick is serving as our contract-call pastor. He is a Teaching Elder in the PCUSA, and he has pastored churches in upstate New York and Miami, FL. After coming to Atlanta, he served as Chaplain for Oncology at Northside Hospital. His previous pastorate was at Church of the New Covenant in Doraville, GA.