At my church today we had a guest preacher and he came with a meditation that was the type that you can take home with you – it had a stick-with-you quality. He offered up three points for Epiphany Sunday: 1) follow your star; 2) bring your gifts; 3) change your direction. In the Christian sense of the Epiphany event, it was the three wise men from the East who followed the star to the place of Jesus’ birth; they brought their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh; and they changed their course, not returning by way of Herod as he had asked, as they were (rightly) suspicious of his motives.
The three points felt to me and others I chatted with during coffee time, like three points worth taking to heart. Follow your star – find what feeds your heart and soul and do it, whether that’s at work or in an avocation. Bring your gifts – we all have gifts that are unique to us; only we can
offer our gifts; we should share them generously. And then, the epiphany part for me (small e) – be prepared, open, willing, to change direction. This is the “aha” – finding a new way when the old one is not satisfying or fulfilling – or dangerous, and/or finding new ways in which to bless others with your gifts.