As I put finishing touches on the Christmas Pageant and ready myself for Christmas Eve it has struck me that I have forgotten completely about the Wise Men, The Three Kings, The Magi. I have forgotten how important their role is in the Christmas Story. They risked so much and traveled so far to follow something they didn't understand but knew was important. They were from the East, and foreign to the land of Bethlehem and still they trusted their knowledge of the stars and their hearts telling them that this one was different. I wonder what they talked about on the way, if there was doubt among them, if one was more encouraging than the others, and if they ever got lost on their way? I wonder how they understood that the birth of a single child could shake the foundations of Creation?
The Epiphany is an important part of our faith and there should be recognition of this amazing event not only in church but in the home with our children. Children instinctively love the Wise Men and their grumpy camels and the wild star they followed. So as I researched ways to share this with my own family, I though I would share with you a beautiful idea that I came across. It is a nice way to mark this special day and I may use it in Sunday school as well.
I wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy and hope filled Epiphany!
Peace be with you.