Tales February 2009

         The quality of light is different this time of year.  Maybe it has something to do with the cold temperatures creating more clarity in the atmosphere, or maybe it has to do with the sun and moon light reflecting off of the snow.  All I know is that there is a difference between a hazy summer day and a clear winter one, and even though I love the warmth, there is something appealing about the crispness of this season of light.

         In the Christian calendar this is the season of light as well; “Epiphany,” to use the liturgical name.  Both within and outside the church, this is a powerful time of year to reflect on light and how it impacts our lives. 

         One of my favorite moments of the year is when we gather in a circle on Christmas Eve and light individual candles.  One by one each face in the circle is illuminated by the flickering light.  To me, this is a ritual recognizing the spark of the Divine that is within each one of us.  Some call it the “Christ-Light,” but it can go by many different names depending on your tradition.  The important thing is to see this Light in one another.  The difficult thing is to see it in ourselves.

         If you are looking for a community of faith that is attempting to be a beacon of light in the world, you are warmly invited to join us at Tinmouth Community Church any Sunday morning at 9am.  For info about discussion groups for all ages or confirmation class for young people, please call us at 235-2500.

         In this New Year may the Light of the Spirit in all of its many facets shine in your life. 

Blessings, Shirley Oskamp, Pastor