Epiphany is in full swing but I am aware that for many people it is just the aftermath of Christmas. The time to take down the cards and the trees.
But it's very much more than that.
I was struck during the time I spent in Spain and Portugal after Christmas to find that Epiphany was the important festival there.
"We have no Papa Noel" the young woman in charge of the bus tour around Castille said briskly. But the shops were full of people doing what we would think of as Christmas shopping.
The time for giving presents to loved ones chimed with the visit of the three wise men to Jesus bringing with them their tributes. Gold and frankincense and myrrh for the new baby, an acknowledgement of his stature in the world even as a baby.
Epiphany marks the moment when the world changed, when minds were opened, when something wonderful happened to affect us all.
And even in a world ravaged by strife we can still feel it.
An Epiphany now means the start of something new, mysterious and beautiful. A fresh concept , a feeling of excitement in a whole new area of life and worship as we lay our own presents before Him.
Joy, glory and an acknowledgement of His birth starting a new awareness in us all are still part of Epiphany.
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