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For our Epiphany worship yesterday we were blessed with a luminous sermon offering from Judith Slimmon. With her permission, I have posted her manuscript below.

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12:44 Then Jesus cried aloud: “Whoever believes in me believes not in me but in him who sent me. 45 And whoever sees me sees him who sent me.

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12:9 When the great crowd of the Jews learned that he was there, they came not only because of Jesus but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead.

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8:12 Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.”

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The life of Isaiah the prophet traversed dark and difficult times. During his ministry Israel was beset on all sides by threats and violence. The present lacked all security; the future was shrouded in uncertainty.

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The witness of many people who have survived unimaginable suffering suggests that light does eventually dawn even within the darkness of the most paralyzing pain.

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It may only last minutes. Sometimes it will go on for hours, days, weeks, months, even years.

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When Mary and Joseph entered the temple in Jerusalem to give thanks for the birth of their son and to dedicate him to the Lord, they met an aging holy man named Simeon. Simeon blessed the couple and their baby.

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Giles Fraser is a priest in the Church of England, who serves as the Vicar of St Mary’s, Newington, near the Elephant and Castle, London.

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The world is a broken mess.

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