The People Who
Have Walked in Darkness Have
Seen a Great Light

This is an especially good year to embrace the season of Epiphany which begins January 6, and continues throughout the winter to Lent. Referring to the light of the new born Christ glowing and growing throughout the world, Epiphany identifies what each of us experience each day: yes, the world is a dark place! Light has arrived as a gracious intervention from God. Light has a name: Jesus – the light of the world!

Why such a good year to embrace the season of Epiphany? Pastor Tim Keller asserts in his newest book, Hidden Christmas: The Surprising Truth Behind the Birth of Christ, “The message (of Christmas which we carry into Epiphany) is that when we feel confident, we feel like the democratic process will work, or technology will work, or that we have what it takes to meet our own personal challenges, the message (of the Bible) negates all that. The world is a dark place. There are places in the Bible … where God says, ‘You think you can kindle your own fire, but you have to look to me for your light.’”

Please note in this splendid edition of the Mount Olivet Messenger several significant events and opportunities in coming weeks which are offered with light from above. Most of all, you and I will discover an antidote for darkness as we begin each week in worship – encountering the light of Christ present in preaching, sacraments, singing and spirited praise. Taking our cue from the prophet Isaiah, as set to music in Handel’s Messiah, The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. – PASTOR STEPHEN CORNILS