Thoughts of the Day on Thursdays this month are part of a special series in Epiphanytide where members of our congregation share stories of their own Epiphany moments.
Today’s reflection is by Patti Clift.
Thursday, January 7
It is my honour to share my faith story. I began my thoughts and prayers by researching the many definitions of the word epiphany. This amazing and powerful word can be defined as an illuminating discovery, realization or disclosure. Also, a manifestation or appearance of a divine or superhuman being. Seems like a very good place to start.
My Dad Charlie was a magnificent and wonderful chap who I adored. He was a quiet man but, when he spoke, I learned it was best to pause and listen. I like to think of him as a modern day ‘wise man.’ As a young person, with my parents’ spiritual guidance I was baptized and confirmed. I attended church, Sunday school and bible studies well into my teens. When the choice to come and worship was left to me, I gradually drifted away. I strongly feel it was never about not believing but for many reasons, I let life get in the way. My Dad was a devoted and constant servant of our Lord throughout his life. Over the years, he and I had many conversations about the ‘why and why nots’ of worship and faith. As I reflect, I realize the seeds were always there. He set an excellent example but being the wise man that he was, he knew that these decisions were mine to make. It took me many years (some would argue too many years) to understand just how strong and significant his influences were. Sadly, a few years ago my dear Dad died. I missed him profoundly in my life and struggled to find my way forward as he would have wanted. I believe that it was his spirit powered through the Lord that acted as my guiding light, leading me to All Saints later that year. The message was to look up, be brave, have faith, open my heart to the possibilities, feel the calling and walk through those doors. It was without a doubt my very own personal ‘aha moment’ From that very first Sunday and everyday since, I have felt both loving Fathers with me and my peace and purpose grew. Sharing church together continues to be a very treasured time. During these strange times, we still spend time together during my daily meditation. This is a constant force in my life allowing me to feel very thankful, loved and blessed each and everyday.
Coming to All Saints Whitby is a gift to me that just keeps giving. I have found my spiritual home and also gained a big, beautiful church family. Come and worship ~ learn and grow in faith. I know that my Dad is at peace and is very proud of me. My life is better, brighter, more positive and hopeful now that I have found my way back.
Jesus said ‘I am the light of the world, whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life’. – John 8.12
May the light of Christ our Lord shine in all our hearts. Wishing my All Saints family a blessed new year as we continue to be strong together. ~ Amen