at Journey to Bethlehem
in Fort Assiniboine, AB
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."
Epiphany in Fiction and Real Life
|Grandsons--Caleb and Logan
Photo by Jenny Espeseth Bayes
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.
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?
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
* 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