For several Christmas seasons now, Billy and I have hung a large star
covered in lights on the end of our shed. Because our home is on a
hill, there are places in town from which you can see the star shining
brightly. When we walk in town in the evenings and are headed home,
Billy and I always encounter a dark section along Woods Gap Road where
it is difficult to see the sidewalk underneath our feet. When we look
up, though, we see the bright star and it reminds us that we are
almost there. The season of Epiphany starts this Friday, January 6.
Scripture tells us that God's promise shines brightly in the night as
magi follow a star to honor a new king. These magi are strangers from
a faraway land who travel to welcome the long-awaited Messiah of
Israel, the world's light shining in the darkness. During the season
of Epiphany, during the time when our nights are long and cold, we
look for a light to follow, something to assure us that the light of
Christ has conquered all the darkness in our world and in our lives.
Even when we can't see our feet beneath us, Jesus invites us to look
up, to see him shining brightly in the night skies. He is what we long
for and he reminds us it will never get so dark that we cannot see
We are working on a system that will enable us to notify everyone on
our email and/or phone lists when service times change, when weather
causes changes in our parish activities or for other times when we may
want to get a message out quickly. Last Saturday, I sent out a
reminder of our joint service last Sunday. If you did not get that
message, please let me know and I will add you to the list. If you
received the message and would like to be notified another way, let me
know that, too. Your options are to get messages by email, by text or
by phone. You could even opt for all of those if you don't mind all
your devices sounding off at the same time.
Please keep Debbie DeJesus in your prayers as she prepares for surgery
on January 9 at Duke. Thank you for your prayers and well wishes; my
carpal tunnel surgery went well and I am healing.
Thank you, members of St. Mark and Zion, for your generous Christmas
gifts. It truly is a pleasure to serve Christ alongside you.
"Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, who alone does wondrous
things." Psalm 72:18