by Demi Prentiss
The 12 Days of Christmas, the celebration of “God with us,” are almost done, and Epiphany is coming, the season that reveals Christ at work among us. The feast of the Epiphany, Jan. 6, marks the start of one of the two “green” seasons of the Christian year. Epiphany, like the longer post-Pentecost season of “ordinary time,” is the growing season, when we take action on the fruits of our Advent preparation / contemplation and our Christmas celebration.
All of this coincides nicely with New Year’s celebrations, when new year’s resolutions are supposed to lead to “amendment of life” and improved habits.
Episcopalians on Baptismal Mission (EBM) – the folks who bring you this blog – are hoping that you’ll take advantage of this creative opportunity to practice something new. We hope you’ll re-frame your response to God’s Christmas gift of “God with us,” by carrying your conviction of God at work within you into every aspect of your 24/7 life.
With the assurance of God beside you at every moment, challenging and supporting you, how might your transformed eyes see your co-worker’s behavior? Your children’s short-comings? Your employer’s budget cuts in the product safety department? Your pastor’s appeal to volunteer at the food bank? Your having to take your turn on the clean-up crew or visiting the nursing home?
We hope you’ll discover an opportunity to be the change you long to see.
And to help inspire some of that transformational thinking, here are some links to some of 2018’s best resources:
From the Church of England’s “Setting God’s People Free” initiative
From the Theology of Work Project
- 10 Key Points About Work in the Bible
- Calling & Vocation: Overview
- How Christians Can Experience Deeper Rest
- Christians in Finance Discuss Their Work
- Forming Fully Christian Workers – Timothy Keller (Made to Flourish)
- Investing in People – Bill Hwang (Fuller Studio)
YouVersion Bible App Reading Plans
Theology of Work Bible Commentary