Epiphany

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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”

Mountain Epiphany

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.

 

Image by Sarai Rachel used under license

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5 thoughts on “Epiphany

    • Hi Bryan, thanks for commenting, I look forward to reading more of your blog in the future.

      Perhaps the question should be why do all men not believe in God when to many of us He is so evident?

      Two passages have been in my mind recently, the first in Jeremiah 29:13 “You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.” which suggests that there is a pursuit of God, a desire to seek and the possibility of finding.

      The second is Ephesians 2:8&9 “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” I have been thanking God for the gift of faith, the very ability to believe in God is a gift from God, even in that we cannot claim to be responsible.

      I agree that the break in relationship between us and God is our doing, I guess my question is why faith is given to some and not others.

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