Friday, January 6, 2017

Epiphany 2017

Today is the Twelfth Day of Christmas also known as Epiphany. The term "epiphany" excites me. When I taught a writing class at a local college all those years ago now, the term epiphany came up repeatedly in a literary sense and it was so thrilling to teach. 


~2017 calendar~




I would say to my students...Epiphany is the moment when "the light goes on." Then I would add that there is no greater moment of epiphany than meeting God face to face as those shepherds and wise men of old did. There is nothing to prevent us from doing that daily. The Lord welcomes us to meet with Him. In fact, it is of utmost importance to our souls. All good writers understand the concept of epiphany


Look closely at the logo on my new iPad (generous daughter strikes again) for a fun illustration of the light going on. I had to look at it twice to figure out what was going on. 


~The new iPad is such a pretty color that I hated to cover it up with the new cover, yet the cover makes it possible for me to easily use it.~

~taken with the iPad camera~


Let us just say that I am fully enjoying this day, but I will also enjoy epiphany tomorrow and tomorrow and forever. There is no limit to God.

Many blessings to you...
P.S. For more thoughts on Epiphany, please check out the featured post in my sidebar.

41 comments:

  1. Good Morning, Vee. And, how are you? I like ephiphany... my Mom gave birth to me on this day 83 years ago. So happy to still be up and running, as they say. Who 'they' is, I have no idea. hehe. Have a good day.

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  2. "The moment when the light goes on."

    I am tucking that into my ponderer today . . .

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  3. I thoroughly enjoyed reading here, Vee. And isn't it wonderful that we can have epiphany every day when we meet our Father?

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  4. Epiphany is also Kings Day in much of the world. I like that the Nativity story gets a more chronologically appropriate celebration by delaying the celebration of the Kings arrival. I sometimes wonder about what those Kings/wise men told their native lands later. Did their people care or remember what had happened in Bethlehem? I also think about the shepherds. Was seeing the new born Jesus once enough for them or did they track Him until He was taken to Egypt? Did they wonder how He fared in Egypt? And whenHe returned to Israel did old shepherds tell Him they had worshipped Him as a babe?

    Questions...I've got questions!

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    1. We we all do! Right now, I am wondering what John is up to. Have spent the better part of a decade trying to figure out what he was up to and it is difficult to quit.

      Ever hear Mark Lowry's schtick on Gabriel telling Mary that she would be with child? So hilarious..."Mary, you have an angel in your room, ask him some questions!"

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  5. I love Epiphany and when that "light goes on" is just what I need to get me through my roughest times. My thoughts are with you always, XOXO

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  6. What a generous daughter you have Vee. Love the light bulb logo. Your new calendar looks so pretty next to the lovely portrait. And your tree glowing....
    "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." Matthew 5:16
    Yes, today and tomorrow and forever. ♥

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  7. Thank you for this post, it made a light go on for me! Good encouragement. Nice gift, too. This popped up in my facebook feed today. Today I hope you have a sudden, intuitive perception of or insight into the reality or essential meaning of something, usually initiated by some simple, homely, or commonplace occurrence or experience in honor of Epiphany! Blessings on you Vee!

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  8. Indeed, what a generous daughter and what a beautiful color the iPad is. I so appreciated your thought that we can meet God face to face every day if we so choose. I am finding my quiet times taking longer in this new year, but such a blessing I would not wish it to be otherwise.

    Your tree and calendar are both beautiful. Thank you for this lovely, thought-provoking post today.

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  9. Aw yes, Epiphany!!! Sometimes I do have those moments. I love your calendar - good choice (I have the very same one hanging in my kitchen - smile! Love D.R. Laird pictures and was gifted a 1,000 piece puzzle of his "Hockey Season" painting. We finally finished it last week and my back is still recovering lol.

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  10. Amen! I've never followed the Epiphany but I find it very interesting.

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  11. How beautiful, we can meet God face to face daily if we choose to and there is nothing preventing us from doing so.
    Your Christmas tree was quite pretty.

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    1. Still is and will be until tomorrow! Thanks for popping by!

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  12. I love what you shared with your students and the way you did it! I wonder if it's still possible in schools. Your daughter is very thoughtful and giving. I think she is a lot like her beautiful, thoughtful and giving mother.

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    1. It should be because the literary term "epiphany" is lifted from the liturgical meaning. No way to separate the two really.

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    2. The etymology of the word epiphany is from the Greek and means "a visitation" or a "manifestation." Golly. I am getting myself an education today.

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  13. A wonderful and thoughtful gift. Epiphany is always a day of wonderment for me.

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  14. Your tree is beautiful and isn't is hard to take them down? Mine will be up until tomorrow also. It's so tempting, really, to leave it up all through the dreary month of January. I love the lights and the house just looks bare without the Christmas decor.

    I'm looking forward to Jan. 20 now, how about you? Btw, this is my third visit today, the first 2 times my computer locked up so I hope this gets published before I'm booted off again. Just sayin' in case you see how many times I've been here...that's why! Santa didn't bring me a new laptop that I need...ha!

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  15. Hi Vee~

    Ahhh...epiphany, it is an amazing word. I have had a few of those moments in my life where the light goes on! I have always known that I have a, Father in Heaven, who loves me. I have know it from the time I was a small child...it is one of my gifts I suppose. Epiphany for me was when my father passed away, and I knew he was safe with those all those who loved him, and were waiting for him. I had always known this was true...but I was given a little help from above that day. It's true, it's all true. There truly is no limit to what, God can, and will do for us. All we need to do is ask... :0)

    I love your IPad logo! And the picture of your tree you took with the IPad is gorgeous!

    Have a wonderful week-end!!

    Hugs,
    Barb

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  16. It took me a while to figure out the photo of your iPad! Darling daughter you have there, Vee!

    I love your definition of Epiphany - great way to describe it!

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  17. And I'll ponder "there is no limit to God." Good post, Vee and that is a clever image on your new iPad. It looks like you may have a Lange calendar? And have I mentioned I love your new header? I feel like I could walk right into it and sit with you for a cup and one of your cookies! Have a good weekend, Now it's our turn for a snow storm.

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  18. Your definition of Epiphany is perfect, Vee! Each night I remember how I've seen God in that day...and I suppose I could call that an epiphany. What a wonderful gift that your daughter gave you, and it takes a great picture. My tree is still up, too!

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  19. I'm with you, Vee! Thanks to you, I was introduced to Lanier's Books and have learned to savor Christmastide. Our tree will come down next week when the new ornament storage boxes come. I haven't let hubby in on all the details yet..

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  20. Empecemos a disfrutar de las pequeñas cosas, así podremos hacer grandes planes para nuestra vida. ¡Este año 2017 será nuestro. Levantemos nuestra copa y brindemos por los que están, por los que ya se fueron y por los que vendrán a nuestras vidas. FELIZ AÑO A TODOS Dejemos pues que este año se marche, y recibamos el nuevo año con entusiasmo, con tolerancia y sobre todo con mucho amor. Gracias por celebrar-lo un año mas conmigo i que los reyes magos hayas sido generosos con todos vosotros.👑👑👑 elracodeldetall.blogspot.com

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  21. You got that right. There is no limit to God. : )
    Good post.
    What a generous daughter you have.

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  22. You nailed Ephiphany! An awakening!! You have a good daughter, I see. Aren't we blessed to have such great kids? I hope you have a wonderful, blessed weekend. xo Diana

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  23. Beautiful thoughts on Epiphany! No limit to God! Your daughter's gift will be put to good use. Love your tree glowing in the darkness. Happy Weekend, Vee.

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  24. can you blog with an iPad.? I tried to use son's when I was between computers and I couldn't take pics off it and onto the blog...I think I would love an iPad if I can blog with it. That tree photo is stunning...xoxo

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  25. BEAUTIFUL definition and illustration of "Epiphany." Love this post!

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  26. I love my Tablet, Vee as it takes great photos...beautiful post friend...smiles

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  27. My favorite post of the day Vee...beautiful!

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  28. There is no limit to God, you are right, and I will look for epiphany throughout the day.

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  29. I loved this post, Vee. Thank-you for the reminder, the nudge and the beautiful cozy photo of the Christmas tree, as well! Blessings, Debra

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  30. Good evening, Vee. A lovely post and such a pretty pic of the Christmas tree. I hope you enjoy the remainder of the weekend. xoxoxo

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  31. Not a lot of people seem to observe the 12th day of Christmas, the Epiphany, but it was observed in our home by keeping the lights from the Christmas tree lit until this day. A great explanation on understanding the Epiphany Vee.
    Enjoy your new iPad and if you figure out how to successfully blog from it, please do share.

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  32. I have always loved the feast of Epiphany, but still don't have all my Christmas things put away. We always celebrated Christmas by putting up the tree on Christmas Eve in the European way though now I do put it up earlier. In high school (Catholic Girls School) we were taught the feast of Epiphany meant "the revelation of Christ to the gentiles."

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    1. There are many definitions of Epiphany and all together perhaps they begin to define it on the most rudimentary of levels. Thanks for your visit...I just visited you and you've not been around in 2017 yet!

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  33. My Mother passed away on the Epiphany. A Christmas card with a drawing or photo of the traveling Magi was always her favorite Christmas card, so I like to think the Three Kings came to lead her into heaven.

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