Tuesday, January 11, 2011


Epiphany is the season of signs of wonder. It is the season of seeking the light. It is the season of becoming the light. 

Like Karen indicated earlier, it is a season that continues to call forth our need for spiritual practice and discernment as we daily search for new life, new birth, and new light in the mystery of our faith.

This story came across my cyberspace. It is from a recent San Francisco Chronicle. It is  about a female humpback whale who had become entangled in a spider web of crab traps and lines. She was weighted down by hundreds of pounds of traps that caused her to struggle to stay afloat. She also had hundreds of yards of line rope wrapped around her body, her tail, her torso, a line tugging in her mouth. 

A fisherman spotted her just east of the Farallon Islands (outside the Golden Gate) and radioed an environmental group for help. Within a few hours, the rescue team arrived and determined that she was so bad off, the only way to save her was to dive in and untangle her. They worked for hours with curved knives and eventually freed her. 

When she was free, the divers say she swam in what seemed like joyous circles. She then came back to each and every diver, one at a time, and nudged them, pushed them gently around as she was thanking them. Some said it was the most incredibly beautiful experience of their lives. The guy who cut the rope out of her mouth said her eyes were following him the whole time, and he will never be the same. 

May our spiritual nourishment of self and others help us get untangled from all that binds us from letting our light shine.

blessings for the new year,

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