“When In Our Music God is Glorified”
The phrase “Time flies when you’re having fun” seems to be true. But, perhaps more true, time seems to always fly. Days, weeks, months, and years fly by within the blink of an eye. We grow up, grow older, and begin families of our own. It all moves by so quickly. The seasons of the church help us to move throughout our lives, reminding us of the greatest stories of our faith.
Today is the 12th day of Christmas, the Epiphany of our Lord. This time is often thought of as a season of Light, for our light has come into the world, the Christ Child. In just a few short weeks, we will receive ashes and begin the holy season on Lent... more to come later.
There are many traditions around Epiphany, in fact, there are multiple names for this day - Epiphany of our Lord and Three Kings Day. One tradition is that children (and even the entire family) leave their shoes outside the front door, a sign for the Magi to leave a gift for them. Another is that a box of grass and salt is left outside the door for the camels to eat while the Magi stop and visit each home. We each have our own traditions, as do churches, but we have a unified theme: Our Lord has come. Here is a portion of a favorite Epiphany text:
What star is this, with beams so bright, more lovely than the noonday light? ‘Tis sent to announce a newborn king, glad tidings of our God to bring.
May you follow the Morning Star, the Christ Child into this New Year. May you have a blessed Epiphany season, and as we join together for worship, may you encounter the Almighty God.
Grace and Peace, Dakota