Dear Church Community,
Today is the Feast of the Epiphany, and last year at this time I led a worship service in which we each paired a noun with an adjective to come up with our own “star words” for the year. Mine were Defiant Hope, and you know what? They’re still relevant!
Never in my wildest dreams did I think we’d be actively dealing with Covid in 2022. But even though this isn’t the January I expected or desired, I remain Defiantly Hopeful.
Why? Because hope is different from expectation. The latter expresses a need for a specific outcome, while the former describes an openness to possibility. Hope, for me, is the deeply felt conviction that good things can and do happen. With the understanding that they may not be exactly what I expected.
So, on this Epiphany Day, as we remember last year’s traumatic events and pray for a more positive and democratic direction for our country, I encourage you to look for the good. Notice the tired checkout clerk who helps someone count out their coins, pay attention to the brave Snowdrop peeking from under the snow, honor the Capitol police officer who returned and continues to serve.
The three magi had no idea what they’d find when they reached Bethlehem. And I’m guessing it wasn’t what they expected! But they remained hopeful and followed the star because they believed it led to something good. I suggest we do the same. Remain hopeful. Defiantly so. And look for the good. Whether or not it’s what we expect.
Blessings of Peace, Health, Justice, and Joy,