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            Although I am writing this reflection on Epiphany, (January 6), you will not read it until the February Olive Branch is mailed out after I am gone.  As I’m sitting in my office, staring at the packed up boxes of books, I find it hard to believe that I only have 3 more Sundays left at Peace UCC.  It seems like just yesterday you were on your feet, clapping and smiling after the vote was taken to approve me to be your new minister.  I remember walking up onto the chancel and being given a package of “Minnesota” welcome gifts; there were two books to help me decode and understand Minnesota ways of speaking, and a large, plastic purple saucer that I soon found out was used for snow sledding.  What had I gotten myself into? Uff-da!    

It feels odd and holy to sit here today in between two church holidays;    Epiphany and Ash Wednesday.  My first service at my new churches will be on Ash Wednesday, which is my favorite church holiday.  It’s my favorite because I love the intimacy and holiness of tracing the ancient symbol of the cross on foreheads.  I’m thinking back right now and remembering all the intimate and holy moments that we have shared together.  Of all the ways we have journeyed through the seasons,   tracing the footsteps of Jesus into our hearts, minds, and spirits.      

But today is Epiphany.  Epiphany can describe those times when you have an enlightening realization about a situation, and can understand it from a new and deeper perspective.  An epiphany I have had about my time at Peace UCC is that every year, every day, and every moment we spend with others counts.  My first few years I remember running around on Sunday mornings feeling frantic, pulled in so many directions, as though I was a chicken with my head cut off.  But somewhere along the way, I starting trying to practice “being in the moment.” When I remember, I try to honor the person sitting or standing in front of me.  On so many occasions, that person has been you.  I honor and am joy-filled when I think about You: the people of Peace UCC.  What a difference you have made in my life, and the life of this community and world.   

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Pastor Kayla