Hello, and welcome to Lauren’s Blog!
Yesterday was the Twelfth Day of Christmas, or Epiphany. For Christians, Epiphany marks the day the Wise Men finally arrived, having followed a star, to behold theChristChild. It is, in essence, a “making real” of the event. After the rather homely beginning in a manger with shepherds and barn animals, and after the rest of us respond by staying home from work, singing “Silent Night,” and “Away in a Manger” lullabies, and celebrating with our loved ones, the Magi arrive and up the ante: “This baby is a big deal. We need to protect him and there are repercussions for us all!”
It’s a good story on its own and symbolically, there’s a LOT here. I am arriving in these first days of the New Year feeling so grateful for the ways Nature pointedly guides us through the final days of December – the DARKEST days of the year (Northern Hemisphere native, that I am) – and provides a transition plan so that we might receive the increasing length and brightness of the Sun (or Son) in the days to come. I’m obviously not describing yuletide practices as instructed by mainstream media, but if you’re reading this, you’re likely not either.
In short, Epiphany seems to me a great season to go *live* with my blog. This entry and the one before it (Dec. 31st) mark my own movement from 2011, through the Solstice, and into the beginning of a New Year. I would be beyond pleased if even a morsel of something written here incites an epiphany for you, or someone, somewhere:
1. an appearance or manifestation, especially of a deity;
2. a sudden, intuitive perception of or insight into the reality or
essential meaning of something, usually initiated by some simple,
homely, or commonplace occurrence or experience.
More importantly, as you live into these first days of 2012, may epiphanies happen! Plain and simple. May they happen within you, in the lives of those you care about, in the lives of those we do not know, in our communities and throughout the world. A new day dawns….
Happy New Year and thanks for reading!
Acknowledgements: This blog has been loooong in coming. I would be remiss if I didn’t offer gratitude to those who nudged and pushed me along in its creation: Dad-lee, T. Taylor, A. Brucker, M.M., CMK & the EOL community, C. Morris, “V.P.K.,” B. Arnall, Davemo, M. Abed, A. Lattanand, M. Himel, and the students at ChI.
A solemn thank you!
Here’s to the plain & simple.