Monday, January 6, 2014

The Power of Words

Today is Epiphany, the celebration of the Magi on the last day of Christmas. Epiphany - a moment of sudden revelation or insight. An "ah ha, I get it" moment. This morning I had an epiphany about words.

Yesterday I received this message:
"We had a wonderful morning together in the coffeehouse service today! We reflected on the star that guided the Magi on their journey to the Christ. We all need stars, lights, to guide us on our journey. These are often simple phrases of only a few words, which give us focus when our brains seem to be “pin-balling” through our lives. It is so easy to be distracted by demands, ideas, news, tasks…, that we lose our focus, we lose sight of our star.
Assignment: develop your own 3-word (approximately) phrase which you can use as a “new year’s revolution” to help keep you centered in your purpose for life."
Just three words. Simple, right? No not simple, but when three words come together they can hold a lot of power.

This morning another message from a different source arrived in my inbox. This one expressed an eagerness to remove all signs of Christmas from the sanctuary at church. Three word phrases jumped off the screen: tear it down, get it down, take it apart. I'm not sure the author meant to say this, but I heard "Christmas is over. Let's tear down the reminders."

As I ponder my 3-word "new year's revolution," I want to remember this quote:
“To the American People: Christmas is not a time or a season but a state of mind. To cherish peace and good will, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas. If we think on these things, there will be born in us a Savior and over us will shine a star sending its gleam of hope to the world.”- Calvin Coolidge

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