Friday, January 6, 2012


An often unrecognized holiday appears on our calendar every January 6th, but how many of us even understand it's meaning?  When I see Epiphany, I am more concerned if I spelled it correctly :)   To enlighten us on this day (which by the way is also "National Shortbread Day"; perhaps we can get to that a bit later :)....let's explain....

epiphany - a Christian "feast day" which celebrates God the Son coming as a human being in Jesus Christ. It also commemorates the visitation of the Magi to the baby Jesus in Bethlehem.  A second "Christmas" to some segments of the Christian church.  

epiphany - the sudden realization or comprehension of a larger meaning of "aha" moment :)  This word also takes on the meaning of "manifestation", or a clear appearance of something or someone.  

It seems to me that we all "need" an epiphany from time to time.  A wakeup moment of realization in this walk of faith we take every day.  Doesn't your heart and spirit come alive when we "discover the last piece of the puzzle and now see the whole picture?"  To be honest, I wish I had this moment at least once a day...I could use some "aha" moments of epiphany more often in my life.

Proverbs 9:10 says "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding."  Psalm 111:10 also states "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, all who follow His precepts (or ways) have good understanding."  My "aha" moment right now is....wisdom and knowledge (which are two different things by the way) are at our fingertips as we seek to know God, fear Him and walk in His ways. 

Fear of the Lord + following His ways = wisdom and understanding 

Epiphany moments can be more obvious to us day by day as we seek Him and spend time in His presence.  I want to say to my spirit, "Wake up and see what God is doing in and around you, dear girl! See the bigger picture and not just the "moment" you are living in or worrying about!"  There is a bigger picture out there and God wants to manifest Himself to us every day we look for Him.

I have a friend who has a blog entitled "Epiphany" and her subtitle is "Celebrating Moments of Discovery and Growth in the Daily Walk of Faith".  I pray that for myself and you, dear friends, that today in honor of this Christian holiday and a "second Christmas" - we would have moments of you've your faith is being lived out.  Be a "wise man" and encounter that Jesus from Bethlehem.  Remember, when they saw the Star, they were filled with exceedingly great joy!  And they brought Him gifts. 

Discover and Celebrate! 

And while you are at it...go have that piece of shortbread with a cup of tea...
and enjoy National Shortbread Day.


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