The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


A Visitor among us

At unexpected times, in unsuspecting places Christ comes to us

On this day of Epiphany, I find myself pondering Mary and Joseph, new parents of a most unusual infant — the Christ child! I consider the Magi, wise in the ways of the world were these fascinating and enchanting men who came to them. Imagine Mary and Joseph and their continued confusion: Angels astounding them months earlier with announcements of the birth; Magi surprising them with their visit and their fantastic gifts.

I'm stunned on this day of Epiphany as I vicariously live out Mary and Joseph's experience. Jesus' birth was again the birthing and rebirthing of the mystery of God — the supernatural infusion of God's life upon the natural, the God person coming to life in an unexpected moment in an unsuspecting place.

Christmas was special this year, not in the routine of the celebrations but in the magic in the midst of them: three uninterrupted days with my wife and sons — eating, gifting, praising and loving. Something enchanting happened, something beyond ourselves. Another Visitor was among us, bringing love, peace and joy to our hearts. The divine manifestation appeared, again: an epiphany.

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