Friday the 6th is the Feast of Epiphany, Rev. Kyle sent me the following; it seems to speak to the time in which we find ourselves.
Ecclesiastes for 2017: For everything there is a season and a time for every single thing this side of heaven: a time to be a baby and a time for last breaths; a time to rage incoherently at the state of the world, and a time to tuck yourself into soft blankets and drink ginger tea; a time to smash the imperialist white supremacist capitalist heteropatriatchy, and a time to build up the egalitarian multiracial anti-racist environment internationalist love movement; a time to make wishes on dandelions, scattering seeds to the wind, and a time to pluck up the new weeds, declare them flowers, and make new wishes; a time to ugly cry and let the snot drip down, and a time to belly laugh till your sides ache; a time to grieve dear ones gone to glory, and a time for dance parties even among graves; a time to deep clean and throw away all the crap that doesn't spark joy, and a time to collect thrift shop treasures and impractical shoes; a time to cuddle so close you get tangled up in embraces and can't tell whose arms are whose, and a time to give each other space, to become your whole selves; a time to be on the search for what's next and what's on its way, and a time to let go of what you always thought you'd have; a time to recycle what's ready to go, and a time to up-cycle what wants keeping; a time to shred old files, and a time to stitch up fresh wounds; a time to get real still and quiet and a time to tell true things out loud; a time to love what needs loving and a time to hate what needs hating; a time for necessary conflict and holy resistance, and a time for peace which steadily persists and passes all our understanding.
As we enter this year with all of its unknowns, may God truly give us a spirit of discernment to fully understand the time we find ourselves in and the courage to respond in the truly appropriate godly fashion.
The Feast of Epiphany is an historical reminder that God in the Christ child has come for everyone. There is no boundary that Gods extravagant love does not transcend. May we in this Epiphany season have our eyes opened to the daily provision, whereby God breaks through our boundaries and provides the penetrating light in our darkened spaces.
Let us together seek God's light.