This Week in Church: Epiphany

Welcome to the series wherein I share my take-aways from church. The things that, I think, are beneficial to all of us to know or think about, whether or not we believe in any church-related things.

I think that church can teach things that are beneficial to everyone, whether or not we believe in church-related things.

This week in church, we talked about Epiphany and epiphanies.

This past Sunday was the 12th day of Christmas, also known as Epiphany Sunday. In the church calendar, Epiphany marks the day the wise men came and presented little baby Jesus with gifts.

The basic message of Epiphany is simple: we all need one. We are all in need of something new, something fresh, something enlightening.

One interesting thought about all of this comes from Tina Osterhouse, who points out that those wise men had their "epiphany" that they needed to follow a star and find Jesus while they were in the midst of doing their normal work. They didn't go on a journey to find their epiphany, the epiphany led them to their journey.

This made me think of the whole phenomenon of going travelling "to find ourselves." Not that it's illegitimate as a concept, but we forget about the possibility of going about our work and discovering something right here where we are.


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