If you’ve already taken down your Christmas decorations, I’ve got some bad news—you’ve got to put them back up, at least until Sunday.
This Sunday is a major Christian holiday that most Americans, even Christians, know very little about: the Feast of the Epiphany. From the Greek word meaning “manifestation,” it celebrates the visitation of the Magi to the infant Jesus and His family, as well as their return to the world with the light they found.
In fact, in much of the Christian world until just recently, gifts were exchanged on Epiphany, not Christmas day. Of course, that’s because of the gifts given to Jesus by the Magi. A colleague of mine, who grew up in Puerto Rico, recalls neighborhood children leaving straw out for the Magi’s camels on the night before Epiphany.
Though most of us have shifted our gift-giving to December 25, Epiphany still reminds us of truths central to our Christian faith and, thus, still worthy of our attention.
Someone who understood this was a man named Lew Wallace. To say Wallace lived an eventful life is an understatement. Civil War buffs will tell you that he might have just saved the Union at the Battle of Monocacy in 1864, when his forces delayed Confederate General Jubal Early long enough to prevent him from possibly capturing Washington, D.C.
After the war, he became territorial governor of New Mexico, where he dealt with the likes of Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid.
But as commissioned Colson Fellow John Murray told a few years back on the Fox News website, Wallace is best known for other things.
On a train ride to an 1876 Civil War veterans reunion in Indianapolis, Wallace was reunited with Colonel Robert Ingersoll. Ingersoll was known as the “great agnostic” because he traveled across the country deriding and challenging people of faith.
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Source: Christian Headlines