Four big name observances on the calendar of the world are scheduled for the shortest month: Boy Scout Sunday, Race Relations Sunday, Valentine’s Day, and Presidents’ Day, and in 2014 two dates on the church’s calendar, Ash Wednesday and Lent wait until March to begin, giving us all of February for ongoing Epiphanies – God “shining” upon and through the moments observed in this short month.
- How does God shine through Scouting; how are lives molded to live with reverence for God?
- How does God’s Valentine card with the words of John 3:16 shine though our struggles to relate to one another and set us to working at being who we are: all God’s children?
- How does the name of George Washington take us beyond his chopping down a cherry tree to his unyielding commitment to form a nation for, of, and by the people?
- How does Abraham Lincoln’s address to a nation about to drown in its own blood at Gettysburg become future generation’s determination to commit to the cry “never again!”?
- How will this short month with one Epiphany Sunday after another become an invitation for each of us to have a personal epiphany, a moment when God breaks through and bathes us in ongoing experiences of light beams of God’s grace?
February 2014, a whole month for epiphanies!
Martha B. Kriebel +