Tomorrow, January 6th, is Epiphany. It is one of the oldest Christian feasts and interestingly, Epiphany started well before Christmas was ever established.  It began at the end of the second century. Like other Christian seasons and celebrations the church appropriated Epiphany from an old Egyptian festival which celebrated the beginning of winter on January 6th. Epiphany falls on the twelfth Day of Christmas – and the drummers are drumming. Within the Greek Orthodox community in Tarpon Springs just about an hour and a half north of us, on Epiphany there is a grand procession from St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral to Spring Bayou where the annual dive for the cross takes place as part of the festivities of this special day.
Epiphany makes Jesus’ identity and his divinity known. God shows us who Jesus is for the world and for our lives.  The word Epiphany literally means “to show” or “to make known”, “to reveal.”
Beginning tomorrow our daily reading will shift a bit. We have gathered about 10 different folks connected to Pine Shores willing to “reveal or make known” their thoughts and wisdom by reflecting on how their faith has helped them through this past year or how being connected to Pine Shores matters or what they look forward to in the New Year. We want to thank our initial writers who helped to get this moving.
If writing a daily reflection is something of interest to you, please email Bruce at bruce@pineshorespres.org and he will put you on the schedule.  The reflection is between 200 – 300 words (it can go a bit longer if needed) and follows the pattern of picking a scripture verse or short scripture reading, reflection questions (no more than 3) and a sentence or two prayer.  Again the focus is on how your faith has helped you through this past year or how being connected to Pine Shores matters or what you look forward to in the New Year.  We’re looking forward to your sharing.

Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 4:10-11
“Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received. Whoever speaks must do so as one speaking the very words of God; whoever serves must do so with the strength that God supplies, so that God may be glorified in all things through Jesus Christ. To him belong the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.”

Reflection Questions:
How has your faith helped you through this past year?
Why does it matter to be connected to Pine Shores?
What do you look forward to in this year?

Prayer: Holy God, I am grateful for the strength and resilience, for the goodness and grace that I have known as I wandered and wondered through this year.  Being connected to each has encouraged me to be a caring presence to those around me.  Keep me attuned to the things that matter. Amen.

To view previous readings click HERE