One of the great privileges of being a priest is having a ringside seat to so many tender moments in life. Some of these are obvious: births, deaths and marriages. But there is so much more.
This is what I see. God is at work for good among his people at Epiphany. One really joyful thing over the last few weeks is to see how God has intervened in the life of a young girl connected to our congregation to bring unexpected (well, unexpected except by those who were praying for it) healing from a life-threatening disease. I have also been privileged to see God's goodness to a couple of people in need of work, and have joined in the excitement around some upcoming marriages.
At the same time, for every person here who has a story about a moment where God has shown up in a powerful way, I also know someone who would love to see God intervene for good in their lives and He just hasn't so far.
If that is you today, I want to say a couple of things. First, don't give up hope, ever. Following Jesus means choosing hope even in the face of the cross. You can choose hope in whatever you are facing today. Second, God's timing can be frustrating, but God's love for you is real, and so is his promise to be with you, even when things seem to be falling apart. Let's hold onto these things together and wait, with hope, to encounter God in the place we most need Him.