Devotion: Everyday Epiphanies
This choir devotion was shared by NLC soprano Sarah Bane at rehearsal on Tuesday, January 7, 2014.
(Light candle to remind us that the Holy Spirit is always present, always revealing.)
I'll begin with a reading from John, Chapter 1: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not overcome it."
When I began thinking about how I could lead our devotion tonight, I found myself a bit stuck. We're in between concert programs, so reflecting on a piece of music didn't make much sense, we're just coming back from a long break, so a "hunker down -- you can do it" pep talk message didn't seem all too appropriate...and then (no pun intended): I had an epiphany! The light bulb turned on, if you will. A constant thread throughout our season has been light. This Fall, we meditated upon the fleetingly precious nature of how lightly we are here; Christmastime celebrated the light that entered into the darkness to bring hope; and here we are, in a season of Epiphany, getting ready to uncover the nuances of a new program. We are literally and figuratively positioned to encounter epiphanies.
With the advent of a New Year, comes gratitude for another year of life to live into the light which reveals newness through God in Jesus Christ. A fresh start. Like many of you this time of year, that revealing light for me, too, has revealed some personal "ah-ha" things that I've resolved to change this year. To name a few:
-I resolve to swap out at least 2 hours of TV-time with reading each week
-I resolve to find a multivitamin I like so I'll actually take it everyday
-I resolve to go on at least 3 dates this year (wink, wink)
The New Year and season of Epiphany are opportunity to push back the darkness and live by faith -- which begins not by what I need to do, but with the assertion of what God has already done. My response then is to listen to the Holy Spirit's urging and to open myself to see those epiphany moments full of awe and wonder, and to be gracefully changed.
English poet, John Milton, wrote:
“Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.”
The Lord be with you [and also with you].
Let us pray:
Revealing God, we praise you for the New Year and thank you for the fresh start before us. Give us the courage and humility to experience the awe of the newness revealed in you. We especially pray this evening for David Johnson as he recovers from his surgery, for those who are consumed by an overwhelming sense of darkness, and for the task at hand -- of learning a new program, which we pray will spread your light to many. All of these things spoken and unspoken, Lord, we trust you hear. It's in your son's name we pray. Amen.