On the Feast of Stephen

Acts 7

To me, one of the catchier Christmas carols has always been “Good King Wenceslas,” but for the most part the first line about the feast of Stephen is what gets stuck in my head often. For most of my life, I never had any clue about which Stephen it was. After doing some digging though, the Stephen who has their feast day on December 26th, is the Stephen who is martyred in Acts and gives a speech to the Sanhedrin in Acts 7 prior to his execution. One of the primary themes of his speech is about how God does not exist in just one building but wherever his people gather. Whether in bondage or in the promised land, God was with the people of Israel.

During this holiday season, while we may be away from home, with family that we may or may not see eye to eye with all the time, and people that have brought us up and let us down at different points of our lives. God is with and amongst us, in those loved ones, bringing us up to heal and grow our relationships, just as God guided the various people who brought up Moses no matter where he ended up in life. Holidays, Family and Life in general are not always the easiest thing, but know whether in a temple, church, or the family home, God is amongst you, pushing you towards a better tomorrow. Which ultimately is what the holiday season, winter and the new year are all about. Moving through the darker times to reach the growth and renewal on the other side.

Sam Jacobs

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