1. Epiphany moments help us overcome the “...thick darkness...” that is the norm (Isaiah 60.2)
The prophet Isaiah is developing a contrast between the thick darkness that seemed to cover the people and the radiance and joy they will experience when God intervenes in history. We have all had times in our lives when we felt this darkness. It can be like a black cloud that sucks the life and the joy out of our souls and leaves us feeling tired and depressed. For many people this is the norm in life. It is very easy to slip into the negative and even feel abandoned by God. But we have to be on our guard. We have to remember that Satan was cast out of haven for his rebellion and is even now still on the Earth stirring up anger and jealousy and deceiving people into believing they have been abandoned by God. When the times are dark we need to remind ourselves that perhaps this is a test of our Fath. When the times are dark we need to pray harder. We need to be particularly attentive to the petition in the Lords Prayer to “deliver us from evil “OR “the Evil One” OR “hard testing”. This is a way to deal with the “thick darkness” that we sometimes feel around us.