As I write, I am being serenaded through my headphones by Mary Chapin Carpenter who lights up my mind with her poetic words that magically and mysteriously speak to my aging soul with words of warmth and grace. She is a contemporary of mine minus one year. Her words describe a world in which I grew up. They comfort me because they light up memories of my past and allow my mind to walk around in my memory of a younger body and soul. Ah, to be young again.
Just as beautiful, is letting go gracefully and seeing life in the present and future. By embracing the images of younger people around me, I see how life continues and God’s promises manifest themselves to the next generations. It is full of hope and promise.
Epiphany is usually a church season that slips between my fingers from closing out the old year and setting my mind on Lent. It comes and goes in a blink of an eye leaving me in a terror that I am not quite ready for; Lent my most loved church season.
But not this year, this year something happened between the end and the new beginning. The light of Epiphany lit up my soul with its beautiful stories of Jesus’ revelation to the world. The stories speak to my soul words of God’s presence and hope in a world full of senseless deliberation that is more about deception and misdirection than compassion and determination to make life better for all.
Scripture reminds us that the Kingdom of God is not “front page” activity but the “front porch” stories shared in parables that point to the eternal truth found in the simple and ordinary. It causes me to furiously battle against pushing that Facebook button where we project our lives. Instead I can spend that same time (that would I would be focused on a phone screen) looking around at a world full of grace and beauty. One of ordinary life that is right in front of me. A life to be engaged in like it was before I downloaded the app years ago. Every day I grow stronger and that ordinary life seeps back into my everyday experience. God’s creation is beautiful.
As the ups and downs of last year are slowly being washed down stream, I am hopeful for 2019. There is no reasoning to support this statement. Life is not just about facts. It is made up of dreams and hopes that gives us visions that drive and energize us to do things that no logical thought could ever move us to do. Those visions make me feel younger again and make me light up as I engage the lives of the faces in front of me. Who, no matter where they are in their journey, are a sign of abundant life. As God declared in the very beginning – Life is Good.
I hope for you a good 2019. I look forward to sharing our lives together intertwined with God and savoring every moment we have. May God shine in and through us.
~In His Service