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Maggi's Musings - January 2015
This Sunday, January 4, we begin celebrating Epiphany. During this season we remember the wise men that followed the star to Bethlehem to worship the infant Jesus. (See Matthew 2:1-12.)
Epiphany is the celebration of God’s manifestation or self-revelation to the world in Jesus Christ. In particular, we celebrate the revelation of God’s promise and purpose to the nations of the world, as the magi came from the East to worship to the Christ child, and God’s covenant of grace is extended to all who believe the good news of Christ Jesus. The symbolism of light is important: not only because of the star that guided the magi, but as it relates to the bright dawning of God’s self-revelation in Christ.” –from the Companion to the Book of Common Worship
The word “epiphany” – from the Greek epiphaneia – means “appearance” or “manifestation” of God, and shares roots with the word for sunrise or dawn. In ancient times, an epiphany meant either a visible manifestation of a god or the solemn visit of a ruler venerated as a god. For Christians, Christmas marks the coming of God to us; Epiphany celebrates the appearance of the Lord in the midst of humanity. For many this has been a time to reflect on what we will bring to offer of ourselves to God as follow Jesus this new year of 2015.
Last year people picked up Epiphany star words at worship. These included words such as “discovery,” “forgiveness,” “vigilance,” “zeal,” “confession,” “examination,” “heart,” “lenience,” and “grace” – to name a few. Mine was “concentration.” For months it hung on the pulpit as I preached and when my mind was swirling on details and the next thing, it encouraged me to breathe, to be fully present, and to focus on what I was doing at that moment. I wonder how your star words interacted with your life this year. I invite you to dust your 2014 words off and reflect on how it may have shaped or informed your year. In worship on January 4 you will receive a new word. If you’re not in worship you can get one from the ushers in the coming weeks. Let us – as individuals and as a community – look for moments of God’s light, for aha! moments, for clarity as we seek to follow Jesus anew season.
Peace, Pastor Maggi