Jan 6, 2007

Epiphany: The Manifestation of the Gifts

January 6th, Epiphany:
In the historical referencing of Christianity, Epiphany is the holy day for recognizing the manifestation of God through the journey of the three wise men, or magii, bearing their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh, as they followed the light of the Star of Bethlehem, to their revelation and understandings of, the Christ child. The journey towards the light, the magic of that revelation, and the power of the gift, itself are all then, seen as their own 'Epiphany', or manifestation of God or God's gifts.

As a feeling, an epiphany is a sudden realization or comprehension of the essence or meaning of something. It is used in either a philosophical or literal sense to signify receiving new information or having an experience that illuminates a deeper understanding. To 'have an epiphany' is to have a 'wow' or 'aha' moment. Suddenly, every thing is crystal clear, seen, understood or recognized.

I long for aha moments. But I am grateful for any gifts, in any manifestation, that I receive. :) Here, a photo of three gifts that I received for Christmas from my oldest daughter. A 'turkey tail' broom for wood stove ashes, a water hyacinth bowl for gathering, and a beautiful little beaded star. I shall use them to cleanse away the old, gather up the abundance of the new and to wish upon, always.


Shelina said...

You have such a way with words. Thanks for such a well-put explanation. Your explanation of the gifts are also lovely.

Melanie said...

Great post. I sent this one to my son. He's always interested in things like this.