Love's Light

I am an Epiphany baby. Born on Jan. 6, the 12th day of Christmas. As a result, I learned of both the concept and the meaning of Epiphany earlier than most. As I write this on the evening of my birthday, I have again been reminded of the meaning of Epiphany – making manifest or visible. Epiphany is the day and season that Christians have traditionally observed of God making his love visible or manifest to us through the gift of his Son Jesus. It is this day that we celebrate the arrival of the 3 Kings from the East who saw the star and came to find and honor the new King.

This is a nice story that most of us learned as children – of a star leading the 3 wise men to find the baby Jesus in Bethlehem. God using a star to make visible to the world his love for us. But what does Epiphany mean for us today? How does God make his love manifest to us today? As we have been celebrating my birthday today, my family has been generous enough to tell me that I make God’s love manifest or real to them. And certainly, as I have heard from family and friends today, by phone, email or Facebook, God’s love for me has been made very tangible. I thank them and you for making God’s love real and tangible to me today and throughout the year. My prayer is that we may daily remember our role as the light that helps make manifest the light of God’s love for each other.

Lord, thank you for shining the light of your love on us, both most fully through the birth of your Son Jesus who we have been celebrating over the past 12 days, but also very tangibly through the love we show each other. Help us to not obscure that light, but to always remember our important role in making manifest or real the experience of God’s love, not only for those who are close to us, but for all those we encounter daily. Amen

Dave Erickson-Pearson

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