Monthly Archives: January 2013

In honor of Epiphany

I love the feast of Epiphany!  Shared in the second chapter of Matthew, the story of the journeying magi who come seeking this child who the stars say is to be king of the Jews.  Once we get past the sentimental images of our children in bathrobes with gold paper crowns and “treasure chests” of plastic jewels the story Matthew tells is full of intrigue, questions and a visit that must have come as such a surprise to Mary and Joseph.

On this day we don’t read the “rest of the story” with what happens after the magi leave, a story of violence and horror that is too real in today’s world. Instead we look at these astrologers, these dreamers willing to travel to find this child of the stars and of their dreams.

In my house, the lights finally go dark after Christmas.  Oh I know, most people turned their Christmas lights out days ago.  I leave mine up so I can truly enjoy them following all the busyness of the Advent season.  Howard Thurman wrote these words that I ponder each Epiphany as I take down decorations and turn off the lights.  Hackingchristianity.net shared this picture and these words on their site.  On this day when we celebrate the light of God shining for all to follow and to find, these words remind me of what is yet to be done

 

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May the work of Christmas continue during the days of Epiphany.  I am graced to serve.

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New Year’s Day

I am not one that is big into new years resolutions.  I am not opposed, just not something I have done that often.  I do ponder the last year, but as for saying “this year I will…”, well it  doesn’t usually happen.

My resolution time comes in the autumn.  When the days grow shorter and the temperature drops and the leaves change colors, that is the time I ponder my life and how I want to live.   The cooler days of fall, the final harvest of vegetables and fruit reminds me that life is short and none of us live for ever.

Supporting Gifted Learners posted this Calvin and Hobbes cartoon on their facebook page.

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I love Calvin and Hobbes.  Always so funny and often so deeply profound.  Winging it often seems the best way to embrace the days of our lives.  Trust me, I believe in goals and making choices for a healthy and happier life.  “Staying the course” for me, means choosing to do what is right in my life.  I want to love, to laugh, to ride my bike, to walk, to cook and to enjoy the life I have been given.  Those are not new, they are “sticking to my strengths.”  

I am grateful for a new year, for new possibilities, and new opportunities to live the life I have been given.  On this first day of 2013, I am deeply blessed and as always;

Graced to serve.

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