Epiphany Reflection: Finding our Purpose

Epiphany Reflection: Finding our Purpose

Ephesians 3:1-12

Have you ever had an epiphany? It’s a quick burst of an idea which makes an unexpected visit. In children’s movies, for example, the epiphany is the moment when a character finds something new about who she is. It is when a voice from the Great Beyond shares wisdom, when the music beckons us to reflect on our path, when the character learns the lesson she’s been escaping this whole time. This is the tearjerker. It’s when the plot’s conflict finally seems to be useful for the purposes of learning. The character finds that what was needed was always within her.

An epiphany is a revelation. You can’t plan for it, you can’t schedule it, you can’t force it to show up on your calendar. An epiphany seeks you. It’s an accidental meeting between yourself and the idea you’ve been chasing for some time.

Or is it?

Maybe an epiphany is not some accident. Perhaps it is also the consequence of working in community with people who can show you a “more excellent way.”

In Ephesians 3:1-12, Paul has his own epiphany. He finds that his purpose is to share the “news of the boundless riches of Christ” and “to make everyone see what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages.” He sounds like someone ready to do as Christ instructed. One would hope that he feels led to share food with neighbors and strangers, to offer his couch to a weary traveler, to protect women and intervene in violent trials.

Paul says that we have “access to God in boldness.” What do we need to be bold about? Who depends upon our boldness? And when we feel weak or unworthy, where do we draw encouragement for the journey?

In prayer, in silence, in deep reflection, in study and at dinner tables, such an epiphany might be revealed.

Candace Simpson is Faith and Justice Educator for United Methodist Women.

Posted or updated: 1/5/2018 12:00:00 AM

Advent 2017

December 3: First Sunday of Advent
December 10: Second Sunday of Advent
December 17: Third Sunday of Advent
December 24: Fourth Sunday of Advent and Christmas Eve
January 6: Epiphany

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