I dislike winter: the chilling cold, the depressing darkness.
One thing that does cheer me are the twinkling lights that decorate rooftops and doorways during the holiday season. In my mind, they witness to the True Light that enlivens our souls and brightens creation itself.
During this holy season of wonderful winter feasts—the Nativity of Our Lord and Holy Theophany—the church services continually offer us the theme of light penetrating the darkness and illuminating the shadows of despair that plague our earthly existence.
The hymns and scripture readings from both feasts remind us that Jesus Christ has come into the world as a great Light from God (John 8.12), a light bringing wisdom, understanding, and the fire of love into our very souls.
I want to share with you these resources from Ancient Faith Ministries that help us recognize this Light. (They are appropriate for various age groups.) Just click the links to enjoy:
- A mediation by Father Thomas Hopko on the Feast of Theophany
- A Voice From The Isles: Water Water Everywhere, a homily for the Feast of Theophany
- Let Us Attend: January 6, 2013: Matthew 3.13–17, for Older Children
- Be The Bee: Holy Water for the Whole World for teens and young adults
- Close to Home: Epiphany focusing on faith, family, and community
- Let Us Attend: January 5, 2014: Mark 1.1-8, Told for Younger Children
May the Light of Jesus Christ illumine us all!
Your Pastor, Fr. Steven J. Belonick