Spiritual Formation

In the Christian calendar, January 6 is the Feast of Epiphany. The day commemorates the story of the Eastern magi, or wise ones, who sought out Jesus to pay him kingly homage. The word epiphany means “to bring to light” or “to make manifest” and, in this case, refers to the revealing of Christ to the Gentiles.

When my youngest son, Luke, was diagnosed with autism our family was distressed and confused. But through the years, the Lord has used Luke to teach us all. 

I’ve learned how much the Advent season holds, how it breaks into our lives with images of light and dark, first and last things, watchfulness and longing…. —Kathleen Norris

This summer I had the amazing privilege of participating in the first-ever Marketplace Bay Area Urban Project, an InterVarsity summer immersion project geared at exploring the intersection of faith and work. The 10 of us worked at various internships or jobs during the day, and lived together in a house at night.

Jesus’ band of followers already knew a lot about prayer. They were used to praying in their homes and at the synagogue.

When I talk with older, seemingly wiser people, I usually get around to asking two main questions. First, do they have any advice for someone like me? And second, do they have any regrets in life?

“What are you doing, Tom?” I was ten years old and my mother had every reason to be curious. She had found her son sprawled across his bed in the middle of summer -- reading the Bible.