Am I a wise man today, any wiser than I was a year ago on this date?
I like to think that I am…not least because it was on this day in 2014 that we welcomed Hannah into the world, and I earned a brand new title: Gramps.
At the risk of becoming tiresome, I must say I’ve enjoyed every moment of grandparenthood over these past twelve months. It’s been a delight to watch Hannah grow…to witness her emerging inquisitiveness…to hear her laughter…even to comfort her in times of distress.
And no less important: I’ve loved learning all the things our granddaughter has taught me…the way she’s pointed me toward some powerful spiritual lessons:
~ How to look at the world with new eyes.
~ The joy in being recognized for who we are.
~ That tendency of the Spirit to show up at times we don’t expect.
~ The blessing to be found in obedience.
~ The danger in the desire to domesticate God.
~ How God, perhaps, sometimes encourages us to be risk-takers.
~ And how our limited senses often fail to perceive Christ’s transforming power.
So when I pray down blessings on Hannah, it is (at least in part) a matter of self-interest. I know full well how she already has blessed me during her short time on earth. And I’m eager to see what gifts God—through Hannah’s agency—has in store for me next.
Maybe that makes me a wise man. Maybe it doesn’t. In any event, I know my heart is filled with a particular kind of joy on this day—the 12th Day of Christmas, and traditionally the feast of the Epiphany.
But whether or not there’s a 1st birthday to celebrate within our immediate clan, it seems to me that all Christians have good reason to pause and reflect today.
There is, after all, a great new Light shining in our lives – the Reason for the Season.
Disguised as a Child, this brilliant Presence can dispel the darkness…if only we are wise enough to continue to seek Christ, and to allow Christ to enter in.
Let us pause now…to recall that we are in the presence of the Holy One.