Grace and peace!
The 11th-century Christian mystic, Hildegard of Bingen, described time as “the ever- turning wheel / of holy divinity.” Today, January 6, is a particularly significant turn on that wheel: today we move from the twelve days of Christmas into the season of Epiphany. Today marks the visit of the Magi to the infant Jesus with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Today, we leave the stories of Jesus’ birth, star-filled and angelic, and move into the stories of his life and ministry.
This Sunday we’ll make a real and physical shift from Christmas-time to “ordinary time”: the Christmas greens will be up in the sanctuary and around the church when we arrive, and at the end of the worhsip service we’ll share in taking them down. We’ll take down the Christmas decorations and the wall sconces. We’ll put wreaths and garland into plastic bags. We’ll pack up the ornaments on the Giving Tree and bring the bare tree outside. In doing so, we do more than just clean up the church; we make space for God’s new revelation, God’s epiphany in our church and in our hearts. We get ready for this year’s journey of faith, and take the first steps together.
I look forward to sharing this “de-greening” with you! And I look forward to our journey together as “the ever- turning wheel / of holy divinity” moves into Jesus’ adult life and ministry.