Grace and peace to you in the name of our Holy God made manifest!
January 6th marks the Day of Epiphany. Since the fourth century, Christianity has marked Epiphany as a celebration of God's manifestation to humanity. Variously, through time and by community, the Church has emphasized Jesus' baptism, the visit of the Magi to the Christ child (now some months old), the manifestation of Christianity to gentiles, and the miracles of Jesus.
Much of Protestantism marks Epiphany as its own Christian Season, from Epiphany Day through Ash Wednesday (the start of the season of Lent). Roman Catholicism and Orthodox churches highly note Epiphany Day, but do not then mark as a season (rather, they begin Ordinary Time).
How do you see Jesus alive and well in your life? In the world around you? How do you experience the power of God as Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer? Epiphany season affords us the chance to ask these questions as we consider Scripture and prayers that portray God's wondrous manifestation.
May these days be joy to you. May you allow the possibility of catching sight of God's reality in your life spark heat and light in these cold, dark days.
Grace+Peace, Pastor Joel
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