The season of Epiphany is known as the renewal of light and revelation. It is celebrated in some churches to acknowledge the visit of The Magi to Baby Jesus. It is also celebrated to help humans remember that we each have a limited time on Earth and to remind us to live, consciously, finding the Sacred, the Holy, in each day, in the “ordinary”, the “mundane” of our life. Thereby living the present day as if it is the only one we have. And for some of us, it is.
If you remember “Our Town,” a play from Thornton Wilder, there is a scene in a graveyard….the young heroine, who has just died, is being comforted by beings from the Spirit realm. In her grief the young woman asks to revisit one “unimportant” day in the life she has just left. Her wish is granted. As she moves through that day she realizes all that she took for granted, all that she missed the “importance” of from that day. She confides to her spiritual comforters (and to us): “I didn’t realize all that was going on and we never noticed…Good-bye world. Good-bye Grover’s Corners….Mama and Papa. Good-bye to clocks ticking…and Mama’s sunflowers. And food and coffee. And new-ironed dresses and hot baths…and sleeping and waking up. Oh, Earth, you’re too wonderful for anybody to realize you.”
During this season of Epiphany, a moment in which you suddenly see or understand something in a new or very clear way (Merriam Webster), may each of us find the Sacred and the Holy in our own “unimportant” days. Understanding that in doing so, at the end of our lives, we can leave in peace, knowing that we lived fully with awareness and in gratitude.