The Journey From Advent to Epiphany

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They were wealthy men, these Wise Men.
Busy with home, business and responsibility.
A tractor beam of light drew them away from common earthly life and toward extraterrestrial signs in the sky.

What does it mean? They wondered.
And studied the stars…the very thing that we are made up of.
The dust of Heaven.

These leaders were led,
Led by a passionate desire…A desire to know,
Who is this coming King that heavenly bodies would align as a birth announcement?

Their desire provoked them
drove them, kept them up at night.
Up consulting star charts, figuring how to follow that yonder star.

They prepared a gift
A gift fit for a King. The best of what they had…
Gold, frankincense and myrrh.

And then they left all
All to follow that beacon of light
Nestled in velvety darkness at the hush of a winter night.

Forgetting worries and cares
frets and concerns.
All to find out what It all means. And to present their gift.

Waiting to exhale…breathless
on the edge of their camel seats with anticipation.
Craning, straining their necks to see if The Answer is found around the corner.

And I too, am on that journey
Looking up to the sky I wonder, What does it all mean?
And I study the charts of the prophecies of Old.

I find Him in every Book
Foretelling His coming.
and I am kept up at night with the desire to find Him…to know Him.

I look for the Way
The path toward an epiphany.
The path from Advent to Epiphany.

Epiphany: 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.

An epiphany of Who He is,
and consequently who I am and
Advent is an important piece of the puzzle.

Advent: The coming or arrival, especially of something extremely important

Just as the wise men looked at their astronomical charts,
consulted their maps and packed their camels,
I too, prepare.

I must prepare a gift
Fit for a King.
For a moment I hesitate. What can I give to a King?

My whole life, I’ve been preparing for this.
I’ve held my breath for an unearthly long time. And now, the time has come.
Will I find Him around the bend around the corner?

And they found Him in the most common of places.
A stable. In a manger.
A King. Amidst the ordinary.

For that is an epiphany at its very definition.
An insight found in some simple, homely, or commonplace occurrence or experience.

And I find Him in the most common of places.
A bench. In a park.
A King. Amidst the ordinary.

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44 thoughts on “The Journey From Advent to Epiphany

  1. This is just wonderful…I love…found in the simple, homely or common place occurrences or experience…oh how many time I miss Him…for Grace to live in Holy wonder….
    blessings to you as we all continue to journey to epiphany….

  2. Your post reminds me of a quote: “Every happening, great and small, is a parable by which God speaks to us. And the art of life is to get the message.”
    Really liked your definitions of “advent” and “epiphany”. . . good food for thought.

  3. “My whole life, I’ve been preparing for this.
    I’ve held my breath for an unearthly long time. And now, the time has come.
    Will I find Him around the bend around the corner?”
    This is who I long to be. This is how I long to feel. My Advent is helping me anticipate my King. 🙂

  4. Love this post. And I too find in the most common of places.
    Indeed it is such a blessing to discover our Savior and King, the One who is extraordinary can be found in the ordinary.

  5. Your definition of epiphany. . . . my whole blog is directed toward the “epiphanies” that come in the ordinariness of simple life. How “he sees me” in all and when I look. . really “see”. . suddenly there is clarity. Epiphany. In dish water. In stars. No wonder you told me we are “kindred spirits.” Indeed we are.
    I love the way that you tell of how the wisemen studied the stars. . “dust of heaven” as we are made of “dust”.
    Beautiful comparison.
    Love your words here kd. So glad to be over here tonight.

  6. …”tractor beam”- fascinating (he says, with upswept brow). Careful, my dear, your Roddenberry is peeking out just a bit. 😀
    I love the style. “And what to get Him”? You’d be surprised at what things of much value mean little, and what things of little value mean much. (Okay, YOU wouldn’t be. 😉 )

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