Epiphany

Today is Epiphany or Three Kings’ Day.  Did you know that?  I didn’t grow up observing Epiphany, but I have done so the last few years, and it has helped me to stay focused on Jesus.  Sometimes we feel a bit tired and perhaps even depressed after the Christmas season.  We just welcomed the Savior into the world with great joy and enthusiasm.  But now what?  Go back to the same old thing?  Getting back to the routine is usually a good thing, right?  But now that Jesus has come into the world, things will never be the same again!  Enter Epiphany–the season of celebrating the revelation of the Savior, the light of the world.  As Philip F. Reinders writes in Seeking God’s Face (Faith Alive Christian Resources, 2010): “Drawn by the light of his star, the Magi came and signaled the universal scope of Christ’s mission, where the nations of the world come to worship the King of kings.  Epiphany calls us to live God’s mission, announcing the good news of Christ’s arrival to every culture and to those who live across the street, bearing the light of Jesus to the nations and to those who share a home with us.” (p. 107)  So, yes, in terms of our schedules, perhaps things do go back to normal.  But with the coming of Jesus into the world, our lives will never be the same again.  Thanks be to God!

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