As I closed out 2017 today, I was pondering again the significance of Epiphany, for me in 2017, and also in general. This focus of learning about the 12 days of Christmas leading up to Epiphany is impacting me in unexpected ways.
The 7th day, 12/31, is set as a day that honored one of the earliest Popes, Pope Sylvester, from the 4th century. Also, the seven swans a swimming is said to represent the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit: prophecy, serving , teaching, exhortation, giving, leadership, and mercy.
All in all, I have found that concentrating on learning about this has helped me be better prepared for the start of this new year, and I’m anticipating Epiphany with a fresh perspective. I’m looking forward to even more of God’s Light being revealed to me in this new year, as well as being used in the Kingdom to spread more of that Light.
I find that in the darkness of winter, I’m experiencing more joy, hope and brightness than I have in as many years as I can remember, of my many years struggling with seasonal affective disorder. I believe that purposefully pursuing joy and light in this past year, fighting for it even on the hard days, has made a huge difference. Life isn’t perfect, but it is much better than a year ago. I thank God for His grace, Light, and Truth, without which I would be utterly lost.
Grace and peace…and Happy New Year!!🎊🎈🎆 🎉🎇