Epiphanies…in the Here and Now

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“Upon you the Lord shines…and over you appears His glory…”(Is 60:2)

This seems such a beautiful description of heaven…and yet if heaven is in the here and now, then the Lord is shining upon you and me…and over you and me appears His glory.

In the here and now…

You, me, all of God’s children…

In the here and now…

“Your heart shall throb and overflow…” (Is 60:5)

For truths such as these are the epiphanies of life…when it’s as if we bump into the eternal love of God and our hearts swell through Him, with Him and in Him.

In the epiphanies of life we more deeply discover what it means to be His Beloved.

My Lord, give us eyes that see and hearts that soar!

Blessings on this Feast of the Epiphany …to you and yours…in the here and now.

Epiphanies of Life…

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 The Epiphany.

The star that sheds just enough light so that we can take one more step and then we must look to the star again.

So like our lives that we, too, live in exile and fear, but also in HOPE.

So emblematic of the strangeness of Christianity; its inconcongruities and contradictions.

Never what we think its going to be, never what we think we want it to be.

Always a fresh twist, a new pain, a new joy.

Always a God whose ways are not our ways.

Always, just when we think we’ve found a foothold,,,

The order to flee to Egypt.

“Heather King”

May your 2012 be filled with daily, wonderful. and glorious epiphanies of God’s extravagant love for you.

HAPPY EPIPHANY

Everything is Connected….

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On a bright sunny day if you look at a simple leaf you will find within it not just a single green leaf but a blending of many different shades of green that flow perfectly together to make the one green leaf.  There are no stops or starts between variances of color. And yet if you mixed green paints in many different shades still you could not recreate the variances of color found in this one single leaf.

Similarly our lives — each moment, each experience, each thought and action is connected harmoniously minute by minute within the DIVINE, knit together with the threads of Divine Love.  Together our day, our thoughts, words, and actions are knit together not just as an individual work of art but connected with those around us in a vast impressionistic masterpiece painting each adding his and her unique dots and dashes of color.  No stroke, no color mars the beauty of the united effect. Only in eternity  will our eyes be able to contemplate the grandeur of this work of art.


Lord, I praise you for the connectedness with which your love permeates my life.  Let  me surrender in trust to this wondrous truth. May I boldly paint vibrant strokes of color this day up on the canvas before me, right where You have placed me. Give me eyes to see the extraordinary in the ordinary as I step forward in Your Name proclaiming Your extravagant love through the colors I leave behind.

WHAT COLOR DO YOU ASPIRE TO BE THIS DAY IN YOUR CORNER OF THE CANVAS?