Dear Friends in Christ,
Have you ever heard the phrase “eyes wide open shut?” It sure does describe my soul going into EPIPHANY. You may ask what is that? According to Google:
- A church season, beginning on January 6, commemorating the revelation of Christ to the Gentiles (a.k.a. us) as portrayed by the wise men following the star to Bethlehem
- An appearance by God
- A sudden, intuitive perception or insight; an “a-ha” experience
After all the Christmas festivities and traveling and over eating, my eyes may be wide open but they are shut to seeing anything beyond what’s right before me, especially a ray of Light and God himself. My “a ha” experience so far was was last night when I ran into the bedroom door with the durn lights on!
Yet I can’t help but think of Jesus teaching his disciples and saying numerous times, “… For those with eyes to see.” I pray in this new year that you and I have “those eyes to see” a glimpse of the kingdom coming, no matter what happens in life and the world around us. I pray that our eyes are wide open and not shut to catching glimpses of the presence of God whether it be on a Sunday or throughout the week, whether it be at home or work, whether it be in the stillness of a dawn or stuck in the middle of traffic. I pray that the eyes of our hearts are open to where God is calling and leading us to follow, to serve, to grow as passionate disciples of Jesus Christ.
That’s my prayer for you and me and Johns Island Presbyterian church for 2020!
Rev. Dr. Laurey H. Harrell
Pastor at Johns Island Presbyterian Church