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Wednesday, January 5, 2011, 07:00 AM - Extra Christy, Radio
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Faster Than Light

The church I serve observes Epiphany tomorrow. An Epiphany is a sudden revealing of some deep mystery. In a cartoon, it is a light bulb above the head. In science, it is Archimedes in his bathtub shouting Eureka when he solved a riddle.

In Christianity, it is linked with the revelation of Jesus as the Christ at his baptism, the adoration of the baby Jesus by the magi, and even Saul's sudden recognition of Christ in the blinding light on the road to Damascus that turned him into the Christian apostle, Paul.

What invites an Epiphany? Today, some use the term "lateral thinking" to describe the process of seeking and having Epiphanies by indirect and unconventional means. Daydreaming, letting the mind wander, even boredom can lead to Epiphanies.

(c) by Mike Lietz some rights reserved
What is the chance of off-line Epiphanies if we are always on-line? With phones delivering entertainment and constant connection with others, video screens in every public space, our homes flooded with entertainment barely damned by our DVRs, even billboards changing every few seconds, who has time to reflect, to be bored...who takes time out for Epiphanies?

My father-in-law always pointed out that "stoplights" are "traffic signals" that are "green as much as they are red". Balance We don't need to go all the time avoiding the stops of the day and life. For when we stop, we might notice new light.

Hope you take time often to have an Bright Epiphany.
Surprised by Joy

When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. - Matthew 2:10-11

The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


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