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Friday, January 06, 2006


The Merriam Webster Dictionary gives the following definitions of Epiphany
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural -niece
Etymology: Middle English epiphanie, from Middle French, from Late Latin epiphania, from Late Greek, plural, probably alteration of Greek epiphaneia appearance, manifestation, from epiphainein to manifest, from epi- + phainein to show -- more at FANCY
1 capitalized : January 6 observed as a church festival in commemoration of the coming of the Magi as the first manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles or in the Eastern Church in commemoration of the baptism of Christ
2 : an appearance or manifestation especially of a divine being
3 a (1) : a usually sudden manifestation or perception of the essential nature or meaning of something (2) : an intuitive grasp of reality through something (as an event) usually simple and striking (3) : an illuminating discovery b : a revealing scene or moment

We use the term in many ways. In the 'world' and epiphany has become an "Ah Ha!" Moment. Now I get it. And so this iis what this word means in the world. In the Church, you can note above, the word means a specific time, the coming of the Magi, Kings, and perhaps the baptism of Jesus. An appearance of a divine being.
But so often these days we take nouns and turn them into verbs.
Epiphanize? I just made that Up. But that is what we do some times in our lives. We suddenly recognize in our lives, in our world, the presence of God, as real as a babe in a manger or someone coming for baptism, the sense of the "holy" being so present to us that we understand. All the questions we carry we lose, not because they are not important, (though they may be), but because we have the sense of standing on Holy Ground in the presence of ....

Have you ever felt that sense of Holy Ground? So special that you want to remove your shoes in honor? There are places I've visited that make me feel that way, Rock Stalls, Vesper Hill, Arches National Park, are just three I think of immediately, There are others much closer to home now. Some time or place when you felt the presence of God.

One of our members in Utah had a daughter on Epiphany, she named her Hope.

What are you going to do this year to open yourself to the sense of the Holy...O ready yourself to stand on holy ground?
Trust me it can surprise you. And in part that is just what an epiphany does. You don't plan for them. They happen, perhaps more than we know or recognize. ALERT...Be ready...
God abides
Bobbie Giltz McGarey


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