Today is Epiphany, a celebration in honor of the arrival of the Magi to honor the infant Christ. When they came to see him, they had traveled from afar, using the high-tech GPS system called the North Star in the night sky. They had likely journeyed for weeks, walking and riding on their camels, just to see the holy little dude and bestow him with frankincense, myrrh, and gold.
Most of the time today people refer to epiphany as “a moment in which you suddenly see or understand something in a new or very clear way.” (from Merriam- Webster- on a side note- great app I use on my phone). Its origin is probably hearkens way back to Late Greek epiphaneia, meaning manifestation or appearance.
My life’s epiphanies have appeared in two ways. Sometimes a flash, an a-ha moment or really cool idea, divine download springs up on me. And some epiphanies are slower, sneak up over time, or sit and wait patiently. Or they nudge me over and over until I take action. (Some people may argue that that’s not an epiphany because it’s not sudden). I am thankful for an epiphany I had to escape a dangerous situation.
Sometimes I get epiphany words or phrases that leap into my head as mini epiphanies. The words “bold” and “brave” came to me as words for the year. I painted two little signs and plopped them on a bookshelf in my classroom.
This is not to pronounce myself as the Queen of Everything, yet to remind me and my kiddos to live boldly and victoriously and to kick out anxiety and fear.
What is your word for this year?