These days between Christmas and the first day of the new year – the two big events of the season - are special in their own right. What could we call them? Today we are suspended midway between. I’m calling these days the thread of Epiphany.
Here on the northern plains it is cold and still. Snow covers the landscape, stars twinkle in clear skies, a sliver of a moon makes its way along its unseen path. All is as it has been since the beginning of time. As in our own individual lives, seasons, years, decades all begin and come to a close. No matter the number of years we have been here, we are each part of the ebb and flow, the beginnings and endings. Many of the aspects of these eternal movements are obvious and predictable; other, more subtle, are felt rather than seen and may not seem so consistent.
Today I’m remembering all those I have known. As each person and every experience comes to mind, I recognize that each and every has shown me a facet of Love’s Presence. From our very first breath to our final one, we exist because of Love. We receive love, we give love, we seek love, we misunderstand love. Sometimes love seems mysterious, full and magnificent, all-in-all. At other times it seems absent, hurtful, difficult, non-existent. No matter our perception of it, Love’s Presence inhabits the world, keeps it going, never gives up nor goes away. Love’s Presence embraces us, sustains us, guides us. We, every one of us along with the Holy Child, embody Love. It is the reason we are here.
This is the common thread found in these days between, in every season and cycle, in every breath, in every life. Perhaps here in the stillness of the between times, we may recapture the glory of Love, find it’s ever present thread, and celebrate our Epiphany.
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