Day 294 | Thursday, 7 January 2021
I have talked about Epiphany as being the day of divine light. I had comments about Epiphany all written for today, which will now come to you tomorrow, and then Epiphany turned into a day of darkness for America.
Christmas and Epiphany are times when we talk about Christ being the light that came into the world to overcome darkness. We rejoice that God has given us His Son to overcome darkness.
Yesterday was one of the darkest days in the history of our country. I was glued to the TV for many hours watching a mob take over the capitol of our country and disrespecting those hallowed halls. I know I am just reflecting what all of us were feeling as we watched in deep sadness.
Lives were lost. Injuries were incurred. Some arrests were made. Those of us who have been paying attention to the rhetoric leading up to yesterday knew that something awful was going to happen. A quote I heard and cannot remember the source that hit me yesterday is this: “Hatred corrodes the container in which it is housed.” This was a day of pure evil and we all know the source.
What I know for sure is that Christ is the light in our lives and that evil will not win.
Epiphany Day 2021 is one that will be remembered not for a day of light but a day of darkness.
We continue to deal with the darkness of COVID – 19 with uncertainty. There were 113 new cases yesterday with 42 in Jamestown and 3 new deaths. We have to take a few steps back even though we want to take steps forward because we now have a vaccine.
I opened one of my devotional books this morning and here is the scripture for the day.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 NIV
Let us look to Jesus, the light of the world, as the one who will bring us rest. Let us ask God to lead our country forward out of these dark years into the light of a future of peace.
Yesterday when we gathered at noon for our weekly prayer, we had no idea that the rest of the day would be so dark. I am so glad we have those minutes together each Wednesday at noon. We are a reflection of the light of Christ and we need to continue to do our part to overcome the darkness that sometimes surrounds us.
Lord, calm our hearts and spirits on this day, the day after our witness of evil. Amen