Wise men, a queen, gifts and star shine

When I was a blue-and-white uniformed girl in a Catholic girls’ school, taught by wonderful nuns in black-and-white habits, we celebrated the Feast of the Epiphany – the day the three wise men brought gifts to the infant Jesus — with cupcakes.

Volunteer moms from each of the classes made cupcakes and placed a nut – we Texans had a pecan half – in the middle of one cupcake. Whoever chose the cupcake with the hidden nut became Queen for the Day. Each of the classes, grades 1 through 8, had a queen. This was a v-e-r-y big deal.

I had the honor early in my grade school experience. I wore a paper crown and was granted a first row seat as we sat on the floor in the music room to watch an appropriate movie. There was also popcorn in paper cones. The day was festive and fun.

And, quite frankly, I have yet to shirk my Inner Queen and still hold a passion for cupcakes and movies.

The Magi’s gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh symbolized honor and status. Some researchers even posit these three gifts also offered healing and medicinal properties as well. There were certainly well-intentioned and well-considered royal gifts.

These gifts were also celestial, delivered under a shining star of bright light. These gifts of light were also, to my way of thinking, gifts from the divine.

Given today is the Feast of the Epiphany, doesn’t it seem an excellent time to mull over and consider the nature and bounty of our celestially-inspired gifts? Remember, the original gifts were brought by wise – and, I repeat, wise — men. That counts for something.

Yes, we all have gifts, be it wisdom, strength, healing, humor, compassion, common sense as well as abilities to strategize, intuit, explain, create art, comfort, listen, lead, fix, make magic out of leftovers or pennies in your hand, etc. There are no ends to the kinds and numbers of gifts, like snow flakes, each constellation of gifts is unique.

Here are a few questions for your reflection:

What are your gifts?
What gifts have you hidden?
What gifts are you ready to call forward and activate in 2017?
What gifts are you ready to share?
What gifts are you to bestow on others?

This year, accept that you hold gifts of light. And, please, please be extravagant sharing your gifts with the world. After all, it’s star shine.

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4 Responses to Wise men, a queen, gifts and star shine

  1. Adele Ryan McDowell January 9, 2017 at 10:53 am #

    Thank you, Fran. How kind you are! And, right back at you, thanks for your wisdom and grace. xx

  2. Fran January 9, 2017 at 10:41 am #

    Feel so blessed that you have shared your many gifts with me, Adele!

  3. Adele Ryan McDowell January 7, 2017 at 4:32 pm #

    Thank you so much, Adrienne!

  4. adrienne January 7, 2017 at 12:55 am #

    beautiful Adele