By IVETTE IRIZARRY (A contributor to VBVMI)
In church tradition January 6 marks the Feast of Epiphany. Epiphany can mean “shining forth”, as in the shining forth of Jesus as God. Epiphany can also mean an awakening or realization. Where I grew up, Puerto Rico, and in many other Latin American countries, January 6, not December 25, was originally the day people would give each other gifts, while Christmas was always celebrated in the church, as a religious holiday.
Message of Christmas Joy
This is an article written by Brian Smith and posted on Verse by Verse Ministry International’s website December 25, 2013.
For many people, Christmas is a time to spend with family and friends, to exchange gifts, and to give something of yourself. It’s a time of warm memories, Santa Claus, and helping others. Indeed, this is the message in practically every Christmas movie. It all sounds so…even wonderful! While all those things tug at our heartstrings and tend to make us feel good, is that what the Bible teaches us about this special season of celebration? Continue reading