Epiphany Comfort: True Home

“For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than live in the tents of wickedness. For the Lord God is a sun and shield;  he bestows favor and honor. No good thing does the Lord withhold  from those who walk uprightly.” -Psalm 84:10-11

This time last year, I (Sher) was beginning the packing process– decluttering the house and “quieting the space” in anticipation of a potential buyer’s tour. I was also counting the weeks until the end of my job; sorting through the files, books and reflections I had gathered in my dream job that I had anticipated keeping for many more years.

As these places I had carefully curated over time became more sterile and bare, my own soul felt stripped down, too. Grieving what was being lost seemed to overwhelm what pieces of hope and joy there were to be found in dreaming about what might be. 

This marked our family’s seventh move; it’s not like we hadn’t done this before. I knew what to expect, and yet, each season brings its own joys and challenges, possibilities and disappointments. 


The Psalmist reminds us that our true home, our happiest place, is in God’s presence. The good news is that God is always present with us. God goes ahead of us preparing the way. God accompanies us through changes and transitions. God covers us from behind, protecting and mending. When we tune our attention to the divine, the epiphany moment is that anywhere can be our true home. 

God may I notice your presence surrounding me, and may I find comfort and peace in place you have set me. Amen.


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Some Comfort and Joy was developed as a devotional resource that follows the rhythms and seasons of the liturgical year from an Anabaptist-Mennonite perspective.

Epiphany Joy: Shake it off

“When they heard this, all in the synagogue were filled with rage. They got up, drove (Jesus) out of the town, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they might hurl him off the cliff. But he passed through the midst of them and went on his way.” –Luke 4:28-30

One way resistance is revealed is through the responses and reactions of others. There’s a delicate balance in being open to counsel and feedback and standing in your truth and calling. 

Sometimes the invitation is not along not the path of least resistance. Sometimes the work requires courage. Often, things get harder before clarity is revealed. How do you know when to release and when to push forward? 

Take a few moments and seat yourself in a comfortable position. Bring your hands to chest level and gently begin to shake them (as if you are trying to dry them off). As you move, reflect on times that you have allowed the reactions of others to alter your response to God. In this time of thought and prayer release this angry resistance and envision the space between your hands as the path forward, allowing you to go on your way to fulfill your calling.


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Some Comfort and Joy was developed as a devotional resource that follows the rhythms and seasons of the liturgical year from an Anabaptist-Mennonite perspective.

Epiphany Comfort: Being Unpopular

He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”. . .All the people in the synagogue were furious when they heard this. They got up, drove him out of the town, and took him to the brow of the hill on which the town was built, in order to throw him off the cliff. But he walked right through the crowd and went on his way.”  Luke 4:21,28-30 (NIV)

Being actively disliked isn’t usually a way of life we seek.  In fact, my particular personality type bends over backward to be liked.  I hate leaving relationships in limbo or causing disturbed waters with others.  Sometimes, I have trouble keeping realistic expectations for myself, putting too much on my plate, in order to win the love of others.

So, this story is hard to understand.  Why do the people dislike Jesus?  Why does he seem to provoke their hatred on purpose?  What good can come from that?

While this scripture may be tricky to comprehend, it is clear that Jesus wasn’t too concerned about others’ expectations, reasonable or otherwise.  He is clear on His call and the urgency of the work ahead.  Throughout the gospels Jesus reaches out to others in creative and unexpected ways to bring healing and hope to the people around Him.

God, As we travel through this life grant us the wisdom to quiet the critics in our head and instead listen to the certain hush of love and acceptance that You speak to us.  Give us courage to step out from under the expectations of others and extend that same grace to those around us. AMEN


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Epiphany Joy: Take a picture!

“Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee… He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone…he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”- Luke 4:14-15 &18-19

Taking pictures, whether of loved ones, nature, or personal projects, offers a chance to reflect on life as we try to capture the moment or thing that has brought us into God’s presence.On Monday we reflected about the “come and see” combined with the “go and tell” aspect of our spiritual life.  As you enter into God’s presence this week and notice where God is leading you,  consider recording some of what you are experiencing through photography.  

Then use the picture to “go and tell”.  Use the moments you captured as a way to tell someone else about what God is doing in your life.  

Here are some ideas for “go and tell”:

Actually show the picture to a friend and tell them about your experience. 

Frame and display a beautiful picture that will help others know about your God-moment just by enjoying the photograph.  

Another fun way to share would be on social media with the #somecomfortandjoy.  After you post your picture, be sure to check #somecomfortandjoy to see what others have shared.

If you don’t enjoy photography, consider what other creative endeavors remind you of God’s presence and also allow you to express God’s faithfulness in your life to those around you.  The possibilities are endless!


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Epiphany Comfort: Come + See, Go + Tell

“Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee… He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone…he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”- Luke 4:14-15 &18-19

The push pull of “come and see” and “go and tell” are part of the story from the nativity. The Epiphany invitation was equal parts both for the Magi. 

As Jesus begins his ministry, the same dynamic is at play. His teaching and ministry of presence was invitational: come and see. Crowds gathered as he broke open the word, performed miracles and traveled with his band of disciples. And in return, the call of discipleship was to go and tell. Those impacted by Jesus’ ministry were compelled to share what they had heard, seen and experienced. 

We are invited to this same kind of movement in our discipleship journey. In this Epiphany time, how are you embodying the Magi’s experience? Spend some time reflecting on each of these components of the faith journey.

  • Come: The Holy Spirit invites you to enter into the presence of God. When do you experience God’s nearness? How do you come near to God?
  • See: Notice the movement of the divine in the places God has invited you. Where is there movement or growth? What is sparking around you?
  • Go: What have you experienced as you have paid special attention to God’s presence in your life? Where is God inviting you to “go” (it may be a place, a relationship or a way of being)?
  • Tell: How are you talking about what God is doing in your life? How are you articulating what you have seen of the work of the Spirit around you? 

May your Spirit of inspiration and revelation guide and direct my being and doing in these days of Epiphany. Amen.


**If you have the Epiphany Comfort Kit, use your field notes book to capture your thoughts and reflections on the journal questions.


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Epiphany Joy: Bulbs

“How priceless is your unfailing love, O God!
    People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the abundance of your house;
    you give them drink from your river of delights.
For with you is the fountain of life;
    in your light we see light.” Psalm 36: 7-9

Sometimes it is all about hope and timing.  Epiphany certainly leads us in this direction. Sunshine and water are symbols we often associate with springtime, but here they are in the season of Epiphany.  A new revelation, a new way of seeing the world.  Something new out of the darkness.

Flower bulbs, of course, are the perfect symbol for this time.  Quietly waiting beneath the soil.  Collecting water and waiting for warmth to bring forth a beautiful blossom.  

Towards hope and timing, try one of these practices this week:

Plant a bulb if the ground is soft enough.  Or even put some in the fridge and then grow them on a sunny countertop, coffee table, or windowsill. 

Spend some time thinking about or planning your spring garden.  

Journal about the following questions:
What are you anticipating during this season of epiphany?
What are some dreams you have for the future?


If you have the Epiphany Comfort Kit, use your field notes book to capture your thoughts and reflections on the journal. This week would also be a great time to either plant or force your bulbs.


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Epiphany Comfort: Water and Light

For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light. O continue your steadfast love to those who know you,  and your salvation to the upright of heart!” -Psalm 36:9-10

In my neck of the woods, these are long days of cold and darkness. The flash and excess of Christmas decor is reduced to the pine garlands and twinkling white lights, a nod to the hope and light that the season of Epiphany offers. 

Both light and water are powerful symbols within faith circles. Illumination and renewal. Cleansing and rebirth. Possibility and revelation. 

In this season, like plant bulbs, we rest in the darkness, awaiting the thaw, the water and the revelation of the light that will bring us into bloom and flourishing. Like the wise ones who sought the Messiah, we may carry the revelation and understanding with us along the way, awaiting the full manifestation of its meaning and impact. 

The water of the fountain of life and the light that illuminates truth are gifts that are accessible to us for nurture and sustenance as we engage in the challenges and opportunities of each day. 

May the fountain of living water and the illumination of Your bright star provide the encouragement and inspiration we need to navigate the things this day holds with everlasting and steadfast love. Amen.


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Some Comfort and Joy was developed as a devotional resource that follows the rhythms and seasons of the liturgical year from an Anabaptist-Mennonite perspective.

Epiphany Joy: Hope & Expectation

“As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts…” Luke 3:15a

The new year brings expectations to the forefront of our thinking by way of resolutions. Often resolutions are focused around things to improve or change. Resolutions and goals are a way to identify hopes and unmet expectations. 

The story of Jesus’ baptism is dramatic and highlights the significant expectations that he faced in embracing the mantle of ministry. 

Today, take a few moments to reflect on any goals or resolutions you have set for this new year. What do these intentions reveal about your hopes and expectations? What questions or concerns do you have about your ambitions and objectives? Who can help sort out and support you in the coming weeks? 

On an index card or post-it note, write down one expectation and a correlating question. Stick it in a place you see regularly– the fridge door, your bathroom mirror, the nightstand, or your steering wheel. Each time you hold this expectation and question, invite the Holy Spirit’s wisdom and revelation. 


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Some Comfort and Joy was developed as a devotional resource that follows the rhythms and seasons of the liturgical year from an Anabaptist-Mennonite perspective.

Epiphany Comfort: Jesus is Baptised

“When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” Luke 3:21-22

While most often stars and wise men come to mind during Epiphany, the baptism of Jesus is an important event celebrated in the Eastern Orthodox church during Epiphany.  So water, baptism, and new beginnings are also wrapped into this season.  In this quiet season following the hubbub of the Christmas holidays, might feel a bit like a plunge into the dark cold waters of winter.

What might Jesus have felt as he sank beneath the water in the Jordan river?  Did time wind down at that moment?  Did he anticipate the journey into the wilderness that would follow God’s blessing?

Life is such a mixture of happiness and despair.  It is strange and wondrous to me how the most beautiful things can grow out of the hardest times.  Of course, that is part of the story of this season – a star shining in the darkness.  God, incarnate, under the water and breaking the surface to feel the light and love of a divine blessing.

God,  as we sink into winter and darkness, help us hold onto hope and light.  In the present moment, may we anticipate the creativity and warmth You are birthing during Epiphany.


**If you have the Epiphany Comfort Kit, use your field notes book to capture your thoughts and reflections on the journal questions.


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Epiphany Joy: Creativity in the Margins

“They set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy.”  -Matthew 2:9-10

Epiphanies, new understanding, or times of intense clarity need space in our lives in order to actually happen.  The Magi journeyed and then “stopped and were overwhelmed with joy.”  Not only did they experience joy in the stopping, but also new direction.

How could you build margin into your life?  What could you put in the doesn’t need to be done column so that there is room for margin?  What happens if you do not have extra brain space in your life?  Can you think of a time in your life when you had very little margin?  What about a time when you had extra breathing room?

What if you only gave 70% of your energy towards something this week?  How would you use the extra 30%?  Maybe the extra 30% would be for just sitting and reflecting.  

This week take some time to create a “margin space” in your home.  A spot where you would like to spend some time in the margins of your life.  It could be a chair with your favorite pillow.  It might be clearing off your desk or workspace and hanging some fairy lights.

Life happens and sometimes all the margins are used up, but making intentional effort and thought can also help this to happen.


Comfort Kit Note:  If you purchased an Epiphany Comfort Kit this week would be a great time to use the fairy lights!


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