Everything Has Changed

All I know is we said, "Hello."
So dust off your highest hopes
All I know is pouring rain and everything has changed
All I know is a new found grace
All my days I'll know your face
All I know since yesterday is everything has changed

I just wanna know you better, know you better, know you better now
I just wanna know you, know you, know you
From the song “Everything Has Changed” by Taylor Swift ft. Ed Sheeran

Christmas has come and past, and yet its effects linger. God has come to us in the form of Jesus, the Christ child, and has brought unimaginable peace to the world through Emmanuel, God with us. So even though Christmas Day has past, the Spirit of Christmas lives on as Christ lives on.

This time of year, we continue our celebrations as we observe Epiphany, a small but mighty holiday of the church year that celebrates God’s incarnation, most specifically to the Gentiles (those outside of the Jewish faith) as told through the story of the Magi’s finding and worshipping of the Christ child.

Epiphany might be a familiar word for us. In our everyday world, we often use it to describe something eye-opening that happens or an idea we experience that brings about something new to our minds and hearts. In truth, I hope epiphany is more than familiar to us. Hopefully, we are experiencing epiphany constantly as we are being made to see things in a new light especially in matters of faith.

In Taylor Swift’s song, “Everything Has Changed,” she speaks of what I would describe as an epiphany: a moment in time where things were changed (and for the better). For Taylor, her epiphany comes in meeting a young man and feeling like there is promise in this relationship.

And although our epiphany is different, it rings true to Swift’s song in that we are forever changed in our meeting the Christ child. Our eyes are opened and we see God in a new way. Our eyes are opened and we are showered in grace. Our eyes are opened and we simply want to know Him better. Everything has indeed changed. So now we seek to live out our days as changed people.

Thanks for the reminder T. Swift. We needed that.

Pastor Nikki

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