...self care is never a selfish act- it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer to others. Anytime we can listen to true self and give it the care it requires, we do so not only for ourselves but for the many others whose lives we touch.

Parker J. Palmer, Let Your Life Speak

Sunday, January 3, 2010

The Monday Moravian

Watchword for the Week of January 3:

God has made known to us the mystery of his
will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ.
Ephesians 1:9

How is God made known to us? The Festival of Epiphany is January 6. God is "manifest" to us in Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh. In the words of the Charles Wesley Hymn, 'mild he lay his glory by.' It's in the gradual persistence of God's patient and forbearing love that we know God.

Sometimes beginning with the mind's fantastic wanderings, our normal way to change may not even include us! Humans try to do it via "will power." The changes that Epiphany invites connect us to God and are about experiencing relationship with God, knowing God. In what ways will we see God who is in the flesh of our living and breathing and being?

God doesn't set us up for failure. The changes wrought in us are not violent but gentle and genuine. While the world is making resolutions to improve this and that, we know that if Holy Spirit is apart of any change, the whole structure of our living and seeing will also shift. Like leaven in a baking dough, a very little is needed.

Happy and Holy Epiphany to those near and far off!

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