Modern Manifestations: Encountering Christ Today

Going back again to the historical event–imagine the wise men, weary with their long journey, seeing that star growing closer and closer, finally beholding the infant king, being able to present their gifts to Him!  It was the culmination not just of a physical journey, but of years of studying and waiting and no doubt praying.  Don’t you wish you could have been there?
That first manifestation of Christ can seem very long ago and out of reach to us, especially once the Feast of the Epiphany is over and the manger scene has been put away.  For insight into how we might encounter Him today, we can find clues in the story of the Other Wise Man.
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It's a First

I’ve got the tree undecorated by the end of the Feast of the Epiphany! Yay me! And I did it all by myself, because Emily went back to college yesterday.
The tree is still in the house but I’ll have it out within the hour. Just waiting for one of my teenagers to help.
Below are some of the many snowflakes I took off the tree. We got all new decorations of course. I seem to have gone overboard on the snowflakes.