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The Episcopal Church in the City of Euclid

Dear Friends in Christ,

On Christmas Eve, we pondered a moment how the birth of a child is always revolutionary. Whether it changes the succession of the royal throne or simply the direction of its parent’s affection, it always wreaks havoc on the settled order of those surrounding it.

The coming and going of the Magi at Epiphany reminds us that after we have spent our moments lost in wonder at the Christmas Incarnation, the time comes to recognize the revolution that the coming of Jesus has wrought in the world and in our lives. When the wise men left the manger, they were warned not to return to their country the same way they had came. The birth of Jesus had changed everything between here and home, and they needed to find a new path.

Instead of New Year’s resolutions, then, I invite you to ponder an Epiphany revolution, or at least a redirection. Perhaps you are called to try a new ministry; the choir, altar guild, ushers all would welcome your offer of service with open arms. Perhaps you are called to lead Epiphany in an altered direction, serving on the Vestry, or at Convention. Perhaps you are calculating a new route to prayer. You could try praying for someone whose name challenges your compassion, or reading unfamiliar passages of the revelation of God in scripture, seeking some new direction. I am always happy to offer pointers!

Christmas has consequences. The Epiphany exists to remind us of that. May your guiding star lead you to new and unexpected blessings in the coming year, and may you always find a home at Christ’s table here at Epiphany.

Rosalind +