January 10, 2017

Epiphany and Aha Moments by Sharon Espeseth

Epiphany on the Liturgical Calendar

Three Magi--2011
at Journey to Bethlehem
in Fort Assiniboine, AB
Photo by
Tracey Pandachuk

The church celebration of Epiphany has come and gone. This past Sunday with the traditional carol, "We Three Kings," we celebrated the arrival of the Magi. These gentlemen were not really kings, but knowledgeable and important astrologers from the East.

They arrived on camels and came bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Although the Magi's
gifts seemed impractical, they were significant. Gold recognized the arrival of a Baby King. Frankincense honoured the presence of a Deity, or God with us. Myrrh, that "bitter perfume," foretold the death of Jesus, who would one day be "sealed in the stone-cold tomb."

Through Epiphany, a Christian feast day, we are celebrating God's manifestation of the divinity of Jesus as Lord and Saviour to all mankind--not just the Hebrews.

Epiphany in Fiction and Real Life

Grandsons--Caleb and Logan
Photo by Jenny Espeseth Bayes

In a more secular vein, the word "epiphany" is also defined as a literary device. In fiction, it is that moment when the character realizes the truth of a situation. As in literature, so it is in real life. We could call an epiphany "an aha moment." Most of us have experienced one or more of these in our lifetimes.

The New Year is a good time to look for discoveries as we examine the past and look toward the future. On a personal note, 2016 has been an uphill climb, but I'm not going to drown you in details.

Giving Thanks

Instead I am giving thanks for the presence of God in my life. I have sensed the frankincense of God watching over our family, guiding and supporting us, and answering our prayers. Thanks to InScribe friends and our spiritual advisor Connie Inglis for prayers on our behalf. Praise and thanks to God for prayers answered. We have been blessed.

Thanks to my Women Word Weaver friends in Barrhead for caring about me when I missed meetings. This past Monday we celebrated our successes of 2016 and our being together as a group again.

God Loves Us So Much. . .

Sandi Somers, who introduces our blog theme each month, sent me a quote by David Wilkerson that was timely for me. In one of his devotionals, Wilkerson says, "It is absolutely imperative that we believe God delights in us. Then we will be able to accept that every circumstance in our lives will eventually prove to be our Father's loving will for us, and He will bring joy out of our struggles." I can show my love and devotion to God by spending more time with him, reading God's word, and listening to him.

I would love to bring gold to Jesus, our Lord and King. The Magi brought gold "to crown him as "King forever, Ceasing never, Over us all to reign."

Loved so greatly by our Lord and King, What can I bring him? Love. Thanksgiving. Myself. My gifts? What gifts do I have but those given to me by our loving God?

Personal Epiphany

By using my gifts, I am giving back, but I must give my gift without hesitation or excuses. I must use what gifts I have courageously to praise his name.

This week I received a passage of scripture from someone was praying for me--Isaiah 43:16-21, which is too long to quote completely here. If you are curious, read this section on your own.

See I am Doing a New Thing!

Isaiah quotes God as saying,                      

". . . Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.
See I am doing a new thing!"

I have been thinking for some time of starting my own blog. I've been afraid of the commitment, because of what the past few years have been like for us, but here in Isaiah I read that I should not dwell on these former things. Although other encouragements and signs have come to me, it was these verses in Isaiah that helped me decide..

My technical skills have improved, but I still have much to learn. You won't see me on my blog for a while, but I will start the process and get some blogs written ahead. I will continue to pray about this.

The above reading continues,

"I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland."

God willing, I will "provide water in the wilderness." Perhaps spring is coming after my winter season in writing. Thanks be to God.

Freelance Writer: Sharon Espeseth

* Mom to three adult children and two sons-in-law
* Nana to six grandchildren
* Freelance writer of creative non-fiction, essays, NF and articles on Christian faith, devotionals, short fiction, memoir
* Workshop presenter
* Active in music at St. Anne's Catholic Church in Barrhead, AB
* Member of InScribe Christian Writer's Fellowship
* Member of Women Word Weavers in Barrhead
* Retired teacher, if teachers do retire, in K-Gr. 6


  1. I was truly blessed by your post, Sharon. I love the way the word 'Epiphany' has more than oen meaning yet they both mesh. I pray that many of our members with have 'Aha!' moments this year as they think about how good God is! Thank you for your faithfulness to listen to God.

  2. I like this too, Sharon! I do hope that spring arrives early for your writing. I also enjoyed how you encouraged us to look for epiphanies from God, to discover and watch for His Hand in our lives.

  3. Thanks for your encouraging comments, Tracy and Pam. I am both frustrating and laughing at myself, because I had problems getting this blog up and running. I lost parts of my text that I thought I had saved and I posted other photos, but they disappeared too.

    Is this an epiphany of the negative kind or do I just keep trying to find my way through the wilderness? May there be "spring" in your writing too, my friends.

  4. Sharon, your posts are like epiphanies. They bring light and AHA moments. When you start your blog, whenever that may be, "Epiphanies" would be a great title for it. :)

    1. Thank you, Joylene, for your encouragement and the suggestion of Epiphanies as a title--something I hadn't thought of myself. Blessings.

  5. Agree with the other commenters, Sharon! And blogs can definitely be time-consuming and a lot of work, but I look at them as writing exercises as well, so time not wasted :)

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    1. To God be the glory, Rohadi. Blessings.

  7. Thank you for sharing your personal epiphany, Sharon. We must not hesitate to use the gifts the Lord has given us to help others and give Him praise. May God bless you in the New Year and in getting your own blog up and running.

  8. Thanks, Nina, for your encouragement and your prayers for God's blessing in getting my blog up and running.


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