God With Us!
In the first week of the calendar year the church celebrates Epiphany. The name “Epiphany” comes from the Greek word Epiphania, it means “to show, make known, or reveal.” For Christians, Epiphany is to serve as reminder of God the Father’s unlimited love and mercy, which He has extended to all of humankind through the revelation of His Son, and of the hope of salvation that is now manifest for all who come to him in faith.
The dictionary defines epiphany as a sudden and profound understanding of something. Oprah Winfrey has an article that is featured in her magazine entitled “ What I Know for Sure,” in these articles she expounds on what she calls “aha moments” and shares a moment of epiphany about her various life experiences. The one thing I know for sure is that we need an epiphany of the awareness of God’s presence to encourage our hearts and to help us see Christ as Emmanuel (God with us) in our daily lives. God wants us to have a sudden and profound awareness that He is Emmanuel, God with us and that we are never alone. This awareness of God takes a special work of the Holy Spirit because it is hard to remember and easy to forget that God is with us when we face trials or even the mundane rituals of life. good works.
As I begin the New Year, my prayer is that I will have not just one but several epiphanies of God’s presence in my life. I challenge you to do the same. When we recognize that God is with us our worries and fears will have to take a back seat. We can let God take the wheel and let peace reign in our hearts.
The scriptures say that Christ is “Emmanuel God With Us.” We are reminded of this during the joyous holiday season. But God promises to be with all year, not just at Christmas time. Now that Christmas is over and the carols are no longer being sung, and the beautiful displays taken down, can you still sing the words “joy to the world and peace on earth good will to all?” When you have an epiphany of God’s presence every day, you will experience an inner peace that gives you joy that lasts all year long despite change and circumstances.
We have many changes ahead for us this year; we will be sharing ministry and worship with the Massapequa Community Presbyterian and most importantly preparing for the coming of a new pastor. We don’t know what any of this will look like or what the future holds for us but the one thing I know for sure is that God is with us and that we can trust that He will lead us in the right paths.
Yours in Christ,