Betty Heath: Having an ‘ah-ha’ Moment
Many view today as the Twelfth Day of Christmas, the very last day of the Christmas Season, 2018. According to Christian calendars the celebration of the birth of Christ continues through two Sundays after Christmas. Many people celebrate by giving gifts of joy and light on this Epiphany Sunday.
Have you ever thought about the word, “Epiphany?” It’s true meaning is when something reveals itself or shows itself. In Barrow, Alaska which is located at the farthest northern tip of the state right above the Arctic Circle, the sun sets in the afternoon on November 18 and it doesn’t shine again for 65 days. Can you imagine not having sunlight for over two months?
When it finally shines again the whole town celebrates simply because it is light again. These are the shortest nights and darkest days of the year for us. Our mood is more often melancholy at best and sometimes even depressing. It is a challenge for many to even go outside during these cold, wintry days.
Epiphany can be summed up as moving from darkness into the light. It’s also like having a ‘light bulb’ go off in your head and you suddenly have an ‘Ah Ha’ moment. In the Christian calendar, the Epiphany season is when the Son of God reveals his glory for everyone to see. For the next two months churches all over the world will be filled with Epiphany scripture readings, hymns, and sermons all intent on revealing the glory of the Savior, Jesus Christ. It’s always a relief for me to see January show up on my calendar. To me it signifies a new beginning. Never before have I ever been so relieved to see an old year end as I did at the close of 2018. Yes, many good things came about in 2018, but as I think of the many lost opportunities I let slip away, I realize they are gone forever. But, that is all in the past. Now, I must look ahead to the New Year and focus on the new opportunities that will come my way.
I am reminded of a quote from the book, “God Willin’ & the Creek Don’t Rise” by Ray Lamontagne:
“Now the wren has gone to roost and the sky is turnin’ gold
and like the sky my soul is also turnin’
turnin’ from the past, at last and all I’ve left behind”
A wonderful new year stretches out before us. Many of you may not like to make new resolutions each year, but for me they represent hope that even though I have missed opportunities in the past year, I really believe that I can change something or do something new with the time I am given this year. What do you hope for? What brings you joy? What motivates you? What are your talents? Everyone will have different answers because we are all individually different. Whether you give just one hour each week, that one hour can make a difference in someone’s life. Do you know your neighbor? Perhaps they need help with grocery shopping or maybe they need someone to watch their children after school.
There is much need in the Carbon Valley. Opportunities abound for involvement at the Carbon Valley Help Center, food bank, volunteering at the schools or library or civic organizations. I’m sure you can find an ‘Epiphany moment’ in your life when you say, “Ah Ha! That’s what I can do.”
As you celebrate this New Year 2019, find your niche and make that resolution to become involved in helping someone, somewhere today.