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Epiphany…

Epiphany: n. a moment in which you suddenly see or understand something in a new or very clear way… (Merriam-Webster)
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(Photo by G.Junior – our Christmas tree through his kaleidoscope…)
We have come to the end of our traditional Christmas celebrations, and as always I am sad to see the end of it all…
Christmas can’t be over, however, without the final piece of the story and so today we have the final moment: the Feast of the Epiphany. The three kings, the wise travelers, arrived (after their long searching journey) in Bethlehem to see the tiny child and bestow their gifts…
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“…and being warned by God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.” (Matthew 2:12)
This is one of my favourite parts of the whole story, because even though it is the end it is really an amazingly new beginning; these men, who had probably read every book that existed in the world at that time, who had invested in their learning and their minds, had no choice but to go home another way. They could never go home the same because their journey and discovery of a tiny little baby had changed them so completely… they were not the same.
Their “epiphany” had made them different – any way they went from that moment would be different too… Beginning to see the light…
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And so we are all different – we have changed. We have lived through another year, we have learned something about the world and something about ourselves. We have struggled, triumphed, celebrated, consoled, searched for meaning and maybe even found it. Our lives have been marked by the events of daily life over time, and in some cases one moment, simple and striking, defines the way our perception has shifted. It is in these moments – these epiphanies – that we find the illumination to find our way through the journey ahead…
The Christmas season may be ending, but it is really the beginning of something new. It is our challenge to let the light of Christmas shine on as we forge ahead.
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There is so much work to be done, but we have been changed by our experiences and we can bring that energy forward to go about things a different way
“Remember your epiphanies on green oval leaves, deeply deep,copies to be sent if you died to all the great libraries of the world, including Alexandria?” (James Joyce, Ulysses)
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