I am Anglican, so I have a soft spot in my heart and spiritual life for liturgy and the church calendar. Last Sunday marked the beginning of the season of Epiphany in the church calendar- one of my favorite times of year. During this season we celebrate the revelation of Christ to the world through his incarnation.
This morning, the scripture reading from the Book of Common Prayer was Isaiah 42. As we read the chapter, I thought both of my own life, and the lives of the clients in the CARE for AIDS program. The passage speaks of a new Servant (one of the prophesies referring to Christ) who will bring forth justice. The Lord says of the servant:
“I will keep you and will make you
to be a covenant for the people
and a light for the Gentiles,
to open eyes that are blind,
to free captives from prison
and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness”
At the end of the first section of the chapter, the Lord announces;
“See, the former things have taken place,
and new things I declare;
before they spring into being
I announce them to you.”
In this season of new years resolutions and goals, it is lovely to read about Israel’s return to home. I love the image of the Servant leading the nation back to their inheritance, helping them rebuild, and declaring new things and a future for them. It reminds me of our daily opportunity to follow the Lord to our inheritance and to the future we are promised- it is also amazing to see this happen with our clients over the nine month process of the CARE for AIDS program. Hope, future, new life- these are the things we get to help bring to thousands of families this year!