It’s Epiphany!

6 Jan

Just a tiny post because I can’t ignore the fact that, in the church calendar, today is Epiphany!

That means that today commemorates the day that the Wisemen arrived before wee Jesus with their gold, frankincense and myrrh. Or, as I’ve heard it said, “God, Frankinstein and Murray.” Whoever Murray was.

Notice I did not say “baby” Jesus. We think that they actually arrived 2 years later, when Jesus wasn’t at the stable anymore. Though, to be sure, we continue to enjoy the tableau of those cute small boys in their father’s bathrobes in the traditional Christmas pageant!

Pageant kiddos. Wisemen included!

Now why this day is called “epiphany” and how it connects to having an epiphany, I do not know exactly. Perhaps it dawned on the Magi in an epiphonous moment (I think I made that word up. My spell-checker sure thinks I did.) that the wee baby was, indeed, God incarnate. Though it seems as if they must have suspected that when they set out on their trip. I know that I’d want to be pretty sure of something if embarking on a two-year (or longer) journey to find it.

My youngest...slightly distracted during the program.

I am try to understand, exactly, the connection of “epiphany” as we normally use it, and the “epiphany” of the wise men. I do know that “epiphany”, according to Webster’s, means “a sudden, intuitive perception of or insight into the reality or essential meaning of something.” I also know that another meaning Webster’s gives is that epiphany “commemorates the manifestation of Christ to the gentiles in the persons of the Magi” (the wisemen).

So…to combine those two meanings, the wisemen received insight into God when they met Him in the person of His son, Jesus, a two-year old boy living with his human parents somewhere in the Middle East. They perceived Jesus to be, in essence, God. They had an epiphany – a flash of insight – when they saw him – or, perhaps, finally meeting him was the apex of an epiphany that had been two or more years in the making.

They met Him and their lives were changed. Just as our lives can be changed by Him today.

I don’t know that any of my epiphanies are that important. That life-changing. That world-changing. Actually, I KNOW they aren’t! But I do know that I’m loving writing about them, loving your responses and the connections being made with you all every Tuesday.

Thanks for following my epiphanies! May you be inspired by The Epiphany today.

Yes, it is a fine day for an epiphany!

PS – I was inspired by Dick Staub’s blog when writing this.

The whole gang!


7 Responses to “It’s Epiphany!”

  1. rutheh January 6, 2012 at 11:23 pm #

    Enjoyed your pageant photographs, especially your youngest ,distracted!
    My friend said we should have left water and grass out for the camels. Oh dear.
    Hope you liked my Epiphany post (photograph) Three Magi. 1-6-12 post.

    • Gretchen O'Donnell January 7, 2012 at 2:24 pm #

      I LOVE the picture! I wrote a comment on it, too – and when you read it you’ll understand why I’ve not visited your site in a while! 😦 I’m so glad you stopped by today!

      • Gretchen O'Donnell January 7, 2012 at 2:25 pm #

        OH, and thanks for your comments on the pics – I’m not very good at peoople pictures, but I was right in front of her and it turned out pretty well – other than the color seems a little off…

  2. Just A Smidgen January 7, 2012 at 12:26 am #

    This is the epiphany of epiphany posts today:) I love learning more about this day and really enjoyed the pictures of your little ones. Your youngest is truly an angel, that is a photo to treasure! Happy Epiphany!!

    • Gretchen O'Donnell January 7, 2012 at 2:26 pm #

      Yay! Thanks – I’m glad that you enjoyed it! It helped me to understand the connection between the words better, too. Always nice to get a little light shed on a subject!

  3. Minnesota Prairie Roots January 9, 2012 at 8:19 pm #

    Just a little enlightenment here for rutheh and anyone else who is interested. In Argentina, the kids set out water and grass for the camels before they go to bed on the night of January 5. January 6 is dia de los reyes (day of the kings). This bit of info comes straight from my second daughter who lived in Argentina for awhile.

    BTW, Gretchen, love the sweet pageant images.

    • Gretchen O'Donnell January 9, 2012 at 10:22 pm #

      Thanks, Audrey! I think I like this idea you both have had…yes, I can see myself putting out grass for the camels next year come January 5th…that is, if I can find some grass beneath the snowbanks. This year I could have easily…it’s so warm here the camels might actually feel at home! Well…perhaps not quite that warm!

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