Still Time to Arise and Shine

On my facebook page I had asked on Epiphany.  Have you had any today?

A pastor friend of mine posted this morning.  Its the second day of Epiphany.  We can still rise and shine.

Epiphany pretty well coincides with the movement of sunrise to an earlier time.  Here in St. Louis sunrise has been stuck on 7:19 ever since winter began.  But on the ninth or tenth  of January, it begins to move.  I wait for that day.  I know that winter will not last forever.

With the coming of Christ our spiritual winter in which darkness predominates also ends.  Isaiah writes, “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.”  Verse 2 of Isaiah 60, promises that our spiritual winter will not persist forever.  “For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you.”

The fullness of the promise of light is fleshed out in Verse 20, “Your sun shall no more go down, nor your moon withdraw itself; for the Lord will be your everlasting light and your days of mourning shall be ended.”

May epiphany continue in our lives this season and may we have epiphanies in the days and weeks ahead to strengthen our faith and life in Christ.

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