Epiphany is a word with a lot of meanings. For those of us in a liturgical church tradition it is a season of the church year celebrating the manifestation of Jesus Christ to the world. We celebrate in the arrival of the Wise Men that visited Jesus at his birth bearing gifts.
Epiphany is more. Here is a definition we can associate with Epiphany:
(1) a usually sudden manifestation or perception of the essential nature or meaning of something (2) an intuitive grasp of reality through something (such as an event) usually simple and striking (3) an illuminating discovery, realization, or disclosure.
Think of light coming into a dark room. Once you were blind and could not see. Now because of new illumination you can see.
From the definition, I resonate with the descriptors of: sudden, essential, intuitive, simple and striking. Epiphanies are extraordinary. They break-in to our normal existence, the daily grind and show us something more. An epiphany can l change the way we perceive and understand our existence at the core.
We pray for Epiphanies on the Canterbury campus. We desire moments where people connect, see, hear and grow in their love for God, each other and for their neighbors in this world. We hope that light comes on in a meeting, a class, a bible study, in a human heart, where all of a sudden a person is given clarity for the next steps of their earthly journey.
In an age flooded with information we need wisdom and I believe when we have an Epiphany we are given wisdom and that is one reason why Canterbury is here to be a center for Epiphany moments.
Question: Think for a moment about an Epiphany of your life, a time when the light clicked on and you saw something different. How did it change you, your direction or perspective?
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