Saturday, January 06, 2007

Epiphany / Twelfth Night

I am attempting to integrate some aspects of the Church Calendar into my devotions for this year. This is a stretch for someone who: a) never attended church until he was 17; and b) spent the next 20+ years in the ritual-less-ness of the Evangelical world.

So I note that today is Epiphany, celebrating the arrival of the Magi, and by extent the revelation of the Christ to Gentiles. As one, that is worth celebrating.

A Martin Luther sermon on the topic makes note of the message inherent in the King of Kings revealing himself to the lowest of the low: "It is both a terrifying and consoling [tale]: terrifying to the great and wise, the self-satisfied and the mighty, because they all reject Christ; consoling to the humble and despised, because to them alone Christ is revealed."

2 comments:

Cami said...

Praise God; He has used the foolish things of this world to confound the wise.

My dear Catholic friend, who ministers in music for her church, sent me the following lyrics this morning to encourage me. Sung for Epiphany:

“We Walk By Faith” Marty Haugen
Verse 1
We walk by Faith and not by sight
No gracious words we hear
Of him who spoke as none e’er spoke
But we believe Him near
Verse 2
We may not touch His Hands and Side
Nor follow where He trod
Yet in His promise we rejoice
And cry, “My Lord and God!”
Verse 3
Help then o Lord, our unbelief
And may our faith abound
To call on You when You are near
And seek where You are found
Verse 4
That when our life of faith is done
In realms of clearer light
We may behold you as You are
In full and endless sight.

I.I. said...

thank you for sharing that.