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“Light” - January 13, 2021

The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.  Isaiah 9:2                                                                                         

Every year the day after the 21st of December, my Dad would announce with some joy, “The days are getting longer!”  It’s true; we are noticing now already in mid-January that there is light for just a little longer each day. 

But the truth of the matter is that there remains considerable darkness.  Extra daily light is noticeable but still minimal, especially as we live through midwinter weeks in which there are fewer days of sunshine overall.  Some days, I look out the church study window in the afternoon and see more darkness than light.

But also, on a figurative level, there are several ways in which we may feel like we are still “living in deep darkness” in our world.  Those feelings may be related to the latest pandemic concerns and restrictions in our province.  They may be connected to fears that volatile political differences which are as close as our US neighbour might escalate with more violence and even leak over the border.  We may feel overshadowed by feelings of deep darkness due to worries over personal health and well-being.

 But we are living in the season of Epiphany in the church calendar.  It is a time for celebrating the light that comes through the salvation of our Lord.  It is a time for rejoicing that the light of the Risen Jesus is being revealed to all people, to all nations.  It is a time to recognize that Jesus, the Light of the world, is our Saviour and invites us to journey through our lives with him.  Siyahamba!

 

Today’s song Siyahamba is a traditional Zulu folksong offered by the Angel City Chorale and the Amy Foundation Choir

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGOiANtGmhE&feature=youtu.be