Sunday, January 9, 2022

Muley's Kids Message: Epiphany (1/9/2022)

What is EPIPHANY?  It's the moment we say "A-ha!" when we figure something out, and it also means "manifestation."  That's the liturgical season which follows Christmas!  Here's Muley's Kids Message for the Kids' Congo that explains a little about the word epiphany, and a discussion of one of his favorite items in his collection.

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Hey, everybody!  You know, one of the fun things about having a friend over to the house is when we get to show them around.  We get to show them the living room, our bed room, and our collections whether it’s a book, toy, or game.  Are you like me?  In your room, do you keep the things that are most important to you?  I do.  Sometimes, it’s pretty neat to share the things that are most important to us.  Sort of a “show and tell” where we show the item and tell the story about that item.

One of my favorite things is a simple item.  See, Charles Schulz is the guy who created Charlie Brown and Snoopy, and he used only one type of ink pen to draw the comic strips and it’s called a Kohinoorpen, and when they quit making the pens, Schulz bought out the entire stock of the pens to make sure he never ran out.  

Well, one day Charles Schulz passed away, and the museum that shows his work was selling the remainder of his pens, and I was able to get one when I visited the museum!  Here it is!  And with it, I got to draw this Snoopy!

Now, we all know that it’s fun to show off the things we love.  What do you own that you like to share with others? 

Right now, we’re in the Season of Epiphany.  Say it with me: Epiphany.  Ephiphany means “manifestation” and is also that “AHA!” moment when we figure things out.  The Season of Epiphany means we’re celebrating the day the Magi found baby Jesus, and also the time when Jesus was baptized.  You see, John the Baptist – aka Jesus’ cousin – saw Jesus coming toward him and he, well, did a bit of “show and tell” to the crowd around them all.

John the Baptist said, “Look, the Lamb of God!  I have seen and I testify that this is the Son of God.”  That wasn’t the last time John shared the news about Jesus to people either, he talked about his cousin everywhere he went.  And who wouldn’t?  Well, first of all, you have to admit that having Jesus as a cousin would make family reunions actually fun; but when John saw Jesus, his epiphany was the best “show and tell” since the Magi had their own epiphany and said, “Aha! Baby Jesus!” 

I believe at any age, we can have that epiphany where we say, “Aha! Jesus!”  You know, we have a lot of opportunity to ‘show and tell’ about Jesus.  Sometimes, we can share Jesus without even saying anything at all – by being kind and respectful, by being helpful and honest, by sharing love and friendship, and did you know you can be a leader by being all those things for other people and after they see how much fun it can be, they’ll have their own “aha!” moment of epiphany and follow your lead and do the same thing for others, and the whole time, they’ll be sharing the love and work of Jesus.

We always have a chance for ‘show and tell’ and to help other people have their own epiphany of what it’s like knowing that God loves you, Jesus loves you, and your pal Muley loves you, and I’ll see you real soon!

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