"A manifestation of a divine or supernatural being; a moment of sudden revelation or insight."
Today marks Epiphany, or Three Kings Day. Twelfth Night has ended, and the magi have arrived. A celebration of the visit of the Magi to the Christ child, and the physical manifestation of Christ to the gentiles.
After today, the twelve days of Christmas are over and we enter Carnival. King Cake season. A celebration in preparation of the coming fast.
I think the Biblical account of the Magi provides us a blueprint for how to approach this new year with the appropriate viewpoint.
"When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.
And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshiped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold and frankincense and myrrh."
What would it look like if we started the year with exceeding great joy, celebrating our encounter with the Messiah? If we brought Him the best gifts we can, that reflect His character. Gold celebrated His kingship, frankincense celebrated His deity, and myrrh celebrated His death. What would we bring, what aspect of His character would we celebrate?
So, let's celebrate the season. Let's start the year with joy. And may we carry that spirit forward throughout the year.