“There's nothing better when something comes and hits you and you think 'YES!'” -- J.K. Rowling
When was the last time a “YES!” moment happened to you? I wonder if it happened when the magi saw the star. I have been reading about and questioning e-p-i-p-h-a-n-y all week. Remembering W.H. Auden and T.S. Eliot, selecting hymns, and researching what astronomers think about the star over Bethlehem. Then I discovered a memorial service for Desmond TuTu will be held at Epiphany church in Seattle on January 16th. It is right to celebrate TuTu’s life in a church called Epiphany on the weekend we will remember The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; Archbishop Tutu, was the recipient of the MLK award for Non-Violence in 1986. Both Archbishop Tutu and Dr. King lived their lives as true God-bearers; they manifested the Divine. Like you and me, they were imperfect followers of Jesus, but they kept heading in the direction of the star.
The season of Epiphany began on January 6th.
Advent is waiting.
Epiphany is hoping.
Archbishop Tutu said, “Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” And, "I am not an optimist. I am a prisoner of hope".
Dr. King said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
Maybe we have to say yes before an epiphany happens--before an encounter with the Divine, happens to us. The star does not come to us. We have to move. Get on the camel…and begin a journey…to who knows where.
Happy 2022! Happy Epiphany! Grateful to be making the journey with you.