Thomas R. Steagald
Thomas R. Steagald is pastor of Hawthorne Lane United Methodist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. He is the author of Shadows, Darkness and Dawn (Upper Room).
Here in Cambridge, England, I pray in the mornings, read St. Paul, walk in the afternoons—sometimes through soft English rains—and sip hot tea with cream.
The Old Testament and gospel readings for Epiphany function as point and counterpoint. Isaiah offers a word of great comfort to those who have been so long in darkness. Impoverished as the hearers have been, honor and fortune are on their way. It's a message of rejoicing: the light that has dawned will make all who see it radiant.
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