Well, the fairy lights have stopped twinkling, the Christmas decorations are packed away, and for those of us who aren’t yet back in life’s routine, tomorrow will be the day when we’ll know, once again and for sure, which day of the week it is.
Today is Epiphany, the day when light dawned on the travellers from the East who, after navigating by the stars, arrived at the place of promise where they would meet a new king. How apt that one of the names of this new king was The Light of the World.
Light shines into dark corners, showing up cobwebs, lost dice, marbles, dominoes, the odd cornflake (delete where not applicable) and the general detritus of life’s activity. It also illuminates our way in the dark. The moon and Venus – on rare clear days over Christmas – were brightly visible in the early morning when it was still dark. The sun gives light all over the world through different time zones; we expect day to follow night, and that daylight hours will increase here in the northern hemisphere.
Maybe you’re starting this year feeling there’s more darkness than light in your life. Take heart from the Light of the World who came for all people everywhere in all ages – and still comes. Holman Hunt’s painting, The Light of the World, is a reminder of Jesus coming to a thorny dark place and knocking on a door. He carries a lantern and around his head is a halo of light. Here is the Brightest and Best of the sons of the morning ready to dawn on our darkness.