From Pastor Caroline . . .

February, 2024

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”

John 1:5

Babies change things. There are preparations and accommodations to be made when welcoming
a child into your life. It may be a baby, a toddler or an older child. The child might be
biologically yours or not. The child might be a niece or nephew, a cousin or a child of a friend. If
you have welcomed a child in any capacity, you know that space needs to be made for the child.
Once the child comes, you don’t go back to life as it was; it is life-altering.
And so it is with the season of Epiphany. Epiphany is an interesting season. It follows on the
heels of Advent and Christmas. It comes in the lull after the celebrations and activities of the
season. If we aren’t careful, it could easily be overlooked. But it is an important time for the
church; the time that we remember that Christmas is not the conclusion of a time prepared for
but rather the beginning of all things new. We celebrate new life in the birth of the child, and we
make space for the Christ in our lives. We recognize that the coming of the Christ is life-altering.
Epiphany is a time of light, a time of coming to a greater understanding. The Christ has
come…now what? We have celebrated the coming of the Christ, at Christmas, and we ask
ourselves how the Christ will become known to the world. It’s an important question that needs
time for pondering.
We begin the season remembering those Kings, those wise men, who followed the light of the
star to find the Christ child. The challenge that we face today is to keep focused on the light and
follow the light of the Christ. Once Christmas has passed, we might be tempted to pursue other
things, to move on. But staying focused is a key task.
Seeking the Christ is not something that we do for ourselves alone. We are not only to seek the
Christ ourselves but to help others in finding Christ as well. So, it is in this season of Epiphany
that I hope you will take the time to ponder how Christ has been life-altering for you and how
you might help others see the light and the love of Christ. The light did not come and go, the
light is here to stay. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. We
give thanks for the hope and peace that it brings.
Don’t skip over Epiphany. This season between Christmas and Lent is a season for experiencing
and sharing the love of Christ that was born at Christmas.

Grace and Peace,
Pastor Caroline