The Gift of Epiphany
Tomorrow is Epiphany.
Now, you could go around and tell everyone, "Happy Epiphany!" (note - you may get some blank stares in response)
Another way to celebrate Epiphany is to remember and honor its significance.
Epiphany marks the end of the (12 Day) Christmas season. In some Christian traditions, this marks the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. Epiphany also marks the day when Christians celebrate the visit of the magi. It's the day when the magi from the east (a.k.a. "wise men") came to Jesus bearing gifts.
One way to celebrate Epiphany is to bless others by doing "extra stuff" to serve them. Go out of your way to be kind and helpful to family members and friends. Say a prayer for the person who cuts you off in traffic. Be extra patient and generous towards strangers - especially those in need.
Jesus teaches us that whatever we do to "the least of these," we do unto Christ. So, let's offer our warmest gifts on this cold Chicago day.
- Pastor Caleb