I'm so grateful for another year of WALKING EPIPHANY with you all. Thank you, each of you who contributed a guest post, for inviting us to tour your neighborhoods, and join you in looking for the light of Christ hidden among the buildings and businesses, creeks and riverbeds, parks and vacant lots.
Thank you, Erica Jarrett, for giving us a beautiful glimpse of the light shining among poverty, through the refugees living on the border of Texas and Mexico, and into your own playful home. Thank you for the vivid reminder that Christ's presence transforms sacred places within suffering neighborhoods.
Thank you, Wendy Wall, for reminding us that beauty is present even in the dimmed light of winter. Thank you for embedding yourself in Alaska's beauty, and in her suffering, and sharing the living hope with all of us.
WALKING EPIPHANY in Juneau, AK: neighborhood notes from Wendy Wall
Thank you, Bethany Hebbard, for making homes and stories to share with East Austin and all of us. Thank you for modelling for us -- no matter the size of our home or prosperity of our neighbors -- we can not not have a spiritual center without a geographical one.
WALKING EPIPHANY in Community First! Village (east Austin): neighborhood notes from Bethany Hebbard
Thank you, Suzanne Day, for showing us the ways God has protected and enlivened your neighborhood so that no darkness can overcome the light. Thank you for giving us such a lovely example of neighboring as an imaginative and artful act.
WALKING EPIPHANY in inner city Rochester, NY: neighborhood notes from Suzanne Day
Thank you, Kaley & Wes Ehret, for sharing the light of love and community in the back yards and front porches and suburban sidewalks of your neighborhood. Thank you for reminding us the upside-down, slowed-down economy of our neighborly Christ.
WALKING EPIPHANY in suburban PA: neighborhood notes from Kaley Ehret
Thank you, Crestview neighborhood, Austin, for being a place of community for our family the past (almost) three years. Even though I never wrote an Epiphany post about you, we're so grateful for the quirky, hospitable community you've been for us.
And, thank you to *culture is not optional for the gift of the daily asterisk* which helped inspire all of our guest posts to see the Light moving into their neighborhoods.
Thank you, too, dear readers for walking Epiphany with us. Now we enter the wilderness of Lent, and we are not alone. Today is Shrove Tuesday -- a day with a weird explanation, but mostly to eat pancakes before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday.
I'd love for you to join me the next 6+ weeks of prayer with my Lent daybook posts which begin tomorrow and continue until Holy Week. I've been preparing simple meditations following the daily lectionary that encourage us to Look, Listen, Pray & Do simple spiritual practices each day.
If there's anything particularly helpful to you in these daily reflections, please do let me know. I am always delighted to discover I've been able to encourage someone else as we turn our faces toward our good King Jesus.
Peace (and pancakes) to you, dear friends!