Epiphany Comfort: The Hopeless Heart

“The heart is hopelessly dark and deceitful,  a puzzle that no one can figure out,  But I, God, search the heart and examine the mind. I get to the heart of the human, I get to the root of things. I treat them as they really are, Not as they pretend to be.”  Jeremiah 17:Continue reading “Epiphany Comfort: The Hopeless Heart”

Epiphany Joy: The Comfort of 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. -Psalm 84:10 For me the feeling of being truly at home is one of complete peace.  Perhaps it is a feeling of comfort orContinue reading “Epiphany Joy: The Comfort of Home”

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 throwContinue reading “Epiphany Comfort: Being Unpopular”

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 toContinue reading “Epiphany Joy: Take a picture!”

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 allContinue reading “Epiphany Joy: Bulbs”

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 mostContinue reading “Epiphany Comfort: Jesus is Baptised”

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 ourContinue reading “Epiphany Joy: Creativity in the Margins”

Epiphany Comfort: Illumination, Encounter & Intuition

“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 The beauty and challenge of language is that a single word canContinue reading “Epiphany Comfort: Illumination, Encounter & Intuition”

Epiphany: Series Introduction

“Arise, shine, for your light has come,and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earthand thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.” Isaiah 60:1-3 You might haveContinue reading “Epiphany: Series Introduction”

Practice of Joy: Word of the Year (Matthew 2)

 “. . .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 As you think about the new year ahead isContinue reading “Practice of Joy: Word of the Year (Matthew 2)”