On Jan 6th I asked “What does Epiphany mean to you?”
As you can see I got a couple of interesting replies on Facebook.
I think the second comment is a particularly insightful response in relation to Epiphany.
In Stories for the Christian Year, poet and author Luci Shaw recounts a wonderful story introducing Epiphany. For weeks her daily, hour long journey past the foothills of the Cascade Mountains can be in thick drizzle and haze.
The mountains are clearly marked on the map, but they might as well not exist, lost as they are in clouds, obscured by drizzle, fog, haze. Then, some morning, unexpectedly, a strong air from the sea will lick away the fog and allow the sun to shine cleanly. And Mt. Baker, towering magnificantly beyond the foothills, unbelievably high above the other mountains, is seen to be what it has been all along – immense, serene, unmovable, its dazzling, snow-draped profile cut clear against a sky of jewel blue”
The Epiphany in the Christian calender is that day, early in the year when we celebrate the revelation of the God-man Jesus. This was not the creation of Christ, it was an unveiling. A transformation yes, because He who was not human became human.
It is a celebration of the day when the Saviour was revealed as ‘not made up’. The day when the plan to piece together a broken world was revealed in a human face for the first time.
Epiphany is humanity’s first ‘face to face’ encounter with the unwavering lover of mankind. The ever present, oft hidden Saviour stepped into the light, into the experience of his fallen creation.
The nature of Epiphany is that it does indeed confirm that like Mt Baker behind a thick blanket of cloud, God is indeed ‘all made up’ to those to whom He has not revealed Himself.
A prayer: Father do not hide yourself from those of us who need your presence.