Epiphany

Today is Epiphany, or Three Kings Day. Epiphany is an ancient celebration of the revelation of God to mankind in the person of Jesus Christ. It is commonly linked to the story of the Magi’s visit to Jesus.

This is celebrated all over the world in a variety of ways. In Greece, swimmers dive for a cross in a ceremonial blessing of the waters. Epiphany is celebrated with Three Magi pageants or parades in Lithuania and Poland. “Wise men” meet and greet children in Manila, Philippines.

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In Germany, children dressed as the three Magi go around singing and asking for donations for charitable causes. Festivals take place in Italy, Spain, the Czech Republic, and other countries. And until three years ago I had never even heard of this uniquely wonderful celebration!

How fitting is the name of this observance? Epiphany. A moment of sudden revelation, insight or leap of understanding.

Matthew writes that the Magi came to Jerusalem and asked about the King of the Jews. The star, his star, led them to where they needed to be and when they saw the child, they bowed down and worshiped him. (Matthew 2:1-12)

In a leap of understanding, they realized that this child wasn’t only King of the Jews but Savior to the world. Their journey had brought them to this place of worship and rest.

This sudden revelation or leap of understanding isn’t just for wise men. It is for ALL who seek Him. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son…..”

Love is here.

Hope has a name.

The good news and great joy the angels told the shepherds is true.

 

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls….”      Matthew 11:28-29 NIV

Forgive

My 10 year old daughter is now 13 and forgives as easily as she did then. It’s not lost homework anymore – I don’t have to check it as much as I used to (see original post). Now it’s a thoughtless comment or an impatient stare.

I’ve worked through some difficult trials and made the hard choice to forgive. I am choosing to forgive. It’s not only a choice: it’s a journey, too. Inconsiderate actions, angry words, betrayal, abuse……whatever the offense…….may we learn to forgive as easily as my daughter. May we all.

At that point Peter got up the nerve to ask, “Master, how many times do I forgive a brother or sister who hurts me? Seven?”
Jesus replied, “Seven! Hardly. Try seventy times seven.

Matthew 18:21-22 (MSG)

My 10-year-old daughter accused me of throwing her homework away, and that’s what she told her teacher, too.  I denied it.  “Why would I throw your homework away?” I asked. 

 She sighed, “I asked you to check it and you must have put it in the pile of papers you were looking through.”  I was looking through the accumulation of graded papers in her STAR notebook……….but I don’t remember her asking me to check her homework. 

 “You didn’t ask me to check your homework?”  I said. 

“Yes, I did, Mom.  But my teacher said that it was okay if I couldn’t find it”.

I wondered what her teacher thought of me now……another distracted mom who can’t keep up with her child’s homework. 

 After my daughter went to bed I checked in the garbage can.  I laughed to myself when I saw the math homework she had asked me to check. …

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