The month of January is named for Janus, the Roman guardian god of doors and beginnings. He is pictured facing front and back--looking forward to the future as well as reflecting back on the past.
Today is January 6th, Epiphany, the 12th day of Christmas, the day the liturgical churches celebrate the wise men from the East paying homage to the Christ Child. All of the pageants and Christmas cards portray them as part of the manger scene.
However, according to the Bible, it took them quite some time (possibly 18 months) to travel to Jerusalem and Bethlehem after seeing the special star in the heavens. The book of Matthew (2:9-11) tells the wise men's story: "...and lo, the star, which they had seen in the east, went on before them, until it came and stood over where the Child was. And when they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And they came into the house [not the stable] and saw the Child with Mary His mother, and they fell down and worshiped Him; and opening their treasures they presented to Him gifts of gold and frankincense and myrrh."
My story: I was due to be born on December 23, 1938, but made my appearance on January 6, 1939. I have always treasured being born on a celebrated holy day of the church, even if it didn't really happen 12 days after Christ's birth! Today I celebrate 79 years of being alive!
Love In His Grace, Anne S. Grace Gift of Grace Ministries firstname.lastname@example.org
"For by grace you have been saved...it is the gift of God" (Ephesians 2:8).