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    is perfect for the celebration of Epiphany.  I'm with you on the pro-solstice campaign and "tree hugging dirt worship" and I also have a thing for stars as a symbol of Epiphany, the twelfth day after Christmas, January 6, the Twelfth Night.

    In the Christian liturgical calendar, it is the beginning of the entire season of Epiphany, the season for telling the stories of the revelation of Jesus as the Christ.  In another life, these were my favorite sermon texts.

    The most familiar Epiphany story is about the magi following the star to Bethlehem, Matthew 2:1-12.  (Note to Christmas pageant producers: the biblical text doesn't say anything about the number of the magi or about them being kings; the word magi is not gender specific.)  The stories continue, Sunday after Sunday, until the beginning of Lent--the child Jesus teaching in the temple, the baptism of Jesus, the water turned into wine at the wedding at Cana, the calling of disciples, the miracles of healing.  

    My favorite Epiphany stories are of Anna and Simeon, told in Luke 2:22-38, especially Anna's story.  She is described as a devout woman of a great age, eighty-four.  By my reading of her story, Anna, recognizing Jesus as the messiah, becomes the first evangelist, the first to publicly proclaim, to preach the good news.

    On behalf of Anna, the first evangelical, I campaign to reclaim the true meaning of the word: Evangelical, one who brings good news.

    From Greek euangelion ‘good news,’ from euangelos ‘bringing good news,’ from eu- ‘well’ + angelein ‘announce.’

    "Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do." John Wooden

    by CKendall on Thu Dec 25, 2008 at 02:28:24 AM PST

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