Epiphany ~ A Moment of Truth

6Jan
I love epiphanies. Those moments when your heart and mind sync up. Something shakes loose inside you and you know in your knower. You settle into that aha moment and feel an assurance that, "Yes. I can. I will. I am." Epiphanies happen all throughout our lives. Sometimes they're take-your-breath-away experiences. Other times, it's just a quietness and peace that feels like a warm cloak. I wonder which kind of epiphany Jesus had at his baptism? This is what Matthew tells us:

Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him. John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now; for it is proper ...

Twelfth Day of Christmas and the Magi … Finally!

5Jan
It's the final day of Christmas. The magi following the star to pay homage to the child Jesus may not seem like the climax of the Advent-Christmas experience, but it is. The revelation of this holy season isn't the birth of Jesus. The revelation is the confirmation of his identity. There are a lot of things about the magi we can focus on. We can focus on their profession and where they're from. We can focus on the planetary science behind the star. We can even focus on the gifts they brought. But what I find compelling is their response. Matthew tells us in his gospel that these men from the east observed a star rising in the sky. They knew the star signified the birth of a king, specifically ...

Eleventh Day of Christmas and the Festivities Are Wrapping Up

4Jan
The Christmas festivities for most have probably been wrapped for while. We are the only ones left on our street with Christmas lights still up. And we still have them come one each evening. Our Christmas tree is still up and we still turn it on every morning. Our kitties, Takuma and Midori are still enjoying the tree. Amazingly, they have not taken any ornaments off or pulled the branches out. The tree skirt does get straightened everyday and one of the Magi has been dragged underneath the tree. Midori has a special fondness for him. She also likes the camel. She pulls him by his leash (I don't think that's quite the word) and he's usually with the one Magi. The camel and one Magi have had several Midori adventures ...