Today is the 20th day of Epiphany. That means that we are almost half-way to Lent. Epiphany is a time that allows us to become aware of the Lord’s presence in the world. It is also a time when we can focus on the ministry of Jesus, both when He was on the earth and what He does through the church now, in today’s world. Epiphany is also a time of preparation for Lent, which in turn leads us to Easter. Epiphany also calls us to live as God’s people and to do the work that He has called us to do. It is a time to announce Christ’s arrival in the world. It is be bearers of the light of Christ to a watching world.
Today is also the day which the church observes the conversion of Paul. Most of you know the story. Saul was on his way to Damascus with letters from the Jewish ruling council that gave him the authority to arrest and imprison believers in that city. While on his way, he met the Lord Jesus and was powerfully converted. He was changed from being a persecutor to being a proclaimer of Jesus Christ. Here was a man who had murder in his heart and hatred of all things of Christ. Yet when he met the Lord face to face he had no choice but to surrender his life to God. This tells me that God can change the heart of anyone. All we need do is be open to His working in our hearts.
Today is also Robbie Burns Day, so here’s wishing all Scots and would-be Scots a good day and don’t eat to much haggis!