What does Epiphany mean to you?
I don’t use the word Epiphany too much in my everyday conversations, but is important to the church. The Epiphany of our Lord is a day on the church calendar that is dedicated to the idea that God is revealed in real ways to each and every one of us. God breaks into our lives, and we all have an opportunity to open our hearts to the life changing work of Christ.
Personally, I have been taking some time to think about my own Epiphanies. I remember the first summer I worked at a Christian Camp in Colorado. That mountain top experience of God forever changed my life. I met a community of people who welcomed me and my gifts, and I will always look back on those days with awe and wonder. I had a chance to share so many beautiful sunrises and sunsets with others. I had countless opportunities to share and receive grace, and I saw Christ come alive.
I think it is important to continue to go out of our way to seek these moments of awe and wonder. Last week I had the opportunity to go on a mission trip with the youth group. We traveled to Mexico to build a home for a young couple and their one year old son. Before the trip, I was honestly feeling a little exhausted. We had just finished Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services, and I had to pack up and be ready to leave at 5:30am on December 26th. We ran into snow and road closures along the way, and part of me was feeling a little burnt out. However, when we arrived in Mexico, we had this wonderful time with the family. Although my Spanish is more than a little rusty, we could still share so much joy together. It reminded me of Jesus leading his disciples to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, where the non-Jewish people lived. Jesus wanted to take his disciples outside of their comfort zone to experience God in new ways.
I have come to look forward to mission trips. They open my heart in ways that is hard to explain, but they also show me the power of the Holy Spirit. Today, I pray for hearts to be opened. I hope we can all look at the world in a new way and see that God’s Light is shining on us!
|Working together to build a house...|
|The family and their new home|