Just when you thought the holidays were over….they’re not! Today is the Epiphany, commemorating the visit of the Magi-Kings to the baby Jesus. The date of January 6th closes the period of the twelve days since Christmas. In France it is called Fête des Rois or Festival of the Kings. It is celebrated by eating a special galette cake made of puff pastry, almond paste, and baked with a hidden fève or figurine inside. Whoever has this coveted tiny figure in their slice has the right to wear the gold paper crown!
In today’s verse God’s love and compassion are depicted as a crown that gives us value and honor. The context is forgiveness of sin and healing. In His love He lifts us up from the pit of guilt and condemnation. We were unable to crawl out of that pit on our own. But He had compassion on us and redeemed us at a great price to Himself. He wore a humiliating and painful crown of thorns in order to crown us with love and compassion!
The fact that He knows every dirty little secret and still loves me is an incredible thought! He has lifted me up from the depths of my own sin and guilt and made me precious with this crown! His love and compassion make me valuable. I had no value of my own to claim in that muddy slimy pit. He has set me apart with His crowning distinction. I can have no other response than to praise Him with my whole life and my entire being!
Thank you Lord, for Your love and compassion crowning this undeserving head!