Friday, 6 January 2017

Moving On

Matthew 2:1-3
The Visit of the Wise Men
In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.” When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him;

As the year moves on
from the season of Christmas
to the season of Epiphany
we welcome those strangers
who followed the star
and met the Christ.
And we wonder:
What would it take
for us to embark
on a journey of discovery?
To give up 
our safety
and our complacency
to move beyond comfort
to the challenge of the light
who leads us
in paths we could never imagine
revealing truths we could never perceive
while we cling to the known
and the familiar.
What would it take
for us to embrace the uncertainty
and step out in faith
led by the Light of the world
who beckons us
into Epiphany
challenging not just our lives
but the lives of those around - 
for there will always be those
who feel threatened
by our awakening
to the call to be wise
the call to seek light
and love
and justice
in our world today.
May this season of Epiphany
open our hearts
and our minds
and our hands
as we let go of the things we hold tightly 
to be led on a journey 
led by the light
that came into the world
to dispel darkness.
God with us still.

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