Here is what I know about it:
Today is a special day in Ireland when we celebrate the women who worked so tirelessly during the holiday period.
Nollaig na nBan or the Feast of the Epiphany, as it is more commonly known, marks the end of the Christmas period.
Traditionally in Ireland, women would finally get a much needed rest after catering to everyone during the festivities.
In the south especially, women would gather in each other’s homes and local pubs for a few stolen hours of gaiety while the men looked after the brood.
To me, this is a wonderful holiday as it reminds us, as Irish people, about the strength of Irish women, especially mothers. (Irish Central> )
Along that theme, Jan Richardson offers the image below of the wise ones, from a new retreat that she's designed for Women's Christmas 2013, which you can download as a PDF at no cost. To download the retreat, visit Jan's post here.
On the other hand for a wonderful discussion on the texts for Epiphany check out the Tuesday Lectionary Leanings.
So, what are you pondering this week as you prepare to preach tomorrow? Epiphany and wise ones? Isaiah and light? or something else? What ever you are thinking about we are here. And, if you are struggling, as I am, to know what you want to say, we are here with you for that too! We are an all inclusive community expanding ourselves and our communities by sharing our insights, stories, wisdom, thoughts, concerns, worries, hopes, joys, and prayers.
And with that pull up a chair and grab a mug - I have plenty of delicious coffee and tea. I also hope to have some bakery fresh products (donuts? coffee cake?) to share and fruit, too. Later there may be homemade slow cooked beef stew....but always we have plenty of love and support. So, what can I get you?