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<p><b><i>This grace was given to me to bring to the Gentiles the news of the
boundless riches of Christ and to make everyone see that is the plan of the mystery
hidden for ages in God who created all things so that through the church the
wisdom of God in its rich variety might now be made known... Eph 3:8-10</i></b></p>
<p><b>Even though we prepare well, choose illustrations carefully, and practice
our sermon for clear delivery, ultimately we cannot &quot;make everyone see&quot; (Eph
3:9). This grace of being able to see is given. It is a gift of God through the
Spirit of Christ.</b></p>
<p><b>This does not mean that we stop working at careful sermon preparation.
What it does mean is that we ask for the grace of seeing. Hildegard of Bingen,
a woman of prayer and insight in the twelfth century once wrote: &quot;What I
do not see I do not know.&quot; A voice within our own time, John Ackerman writes:</b></p>
<p><b><i>As long as we still see evil and sin only on the outside, as long as
we keep blaming someone else and remaining victims, we will have trouble seeing
God face to face or knowing Christ within. Until we see ourselves as we are in
the light of God, we cannot know God fully. Spiritual Awakening: A Guide To Spiritual
Life In CongregaTIONS. Alban Inst., 1995. p. 117.</i></b></p>
<p><b>The spiritually formative invitation of Epiphany is to look, to gaze at
what God is doing within the story of Scripture as God brings his hidden mystery
to light in Jesus and now in the church&#8212;his body. Insight&#8212;that revelation
which comes as we &quot;see with the eyes of the heart&quot; (Eph 1:17-18) is
finally a gift of God, and comes as we pray for it, and wait willingly before
what God is uncovering and bringing to light. That is Epiphany!</b></p>
<p><b>Wendy J. Miller Eastern Mennonite Seminary Harrisonburg, VA</b></p>
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