Epiphany, with a capital “E”, is celebrated on January 6th and is the festival commemorating Christ’s coming into the world for all people through the homage paid by the Magi.
It can also mean (when spelled with a small “e”) a sudden insight or perception into the essential meaning of something usually triggered by the ordinary. Its origin is late Middle English and comes from the Greek epipháneia meaning to appear.
Have you had any epiphanies? I know I have. Sometimes they come from watching the light shine just so on a field gleaming with frost. Sometimes they come from seeing snow on a discarded pine bough. Sometimes they come watching a small child master a new skill or seeing something new to them for the very first time. They can be awe inspiring and they can be scary too , but they always lead one deeper. Farther into understanding one’s place in the world, epiphanies provide us roadmaps and guideposts.
On this Epiphany, I wish for you a year filled with insights.
We just got home from dinner with the guests at the emergency homeless shelter. It was our turn to provide the main meal so we decided to make beefy mac and cheese as it was their favorite meal last year. Good comfort food on a cold, snowy day goes a long way to making someone’s life better. We also fixed a big salad, bread, baked apples, and homemade cookies. We actually got hugs from some of the women as they were a bit tired of soup and spaghetti. We finished the evening with Scrabble and a movie. Please pray for all those less fortunate who don’t have a place to live.
Well, I’m very late with a number of posts this month so I’m trying to get caught up. Here is a photo of Martin Towers, former headquarters of Bethlehem Steel and now abandoned. In my mind, it stands as a reminder of greed (management and union). Had both sides been willing to adopt sustainable development and cooperation, I believe Bethlehem Steel would still be in business today.