The English poet T.S. Eliot places these words in the mouth of one of the wise people searching for the Christ Child. We are not told much about the wise ones. Only that they are following a star in search of meaning in their lives. In fact, St. Matthew does not say much about them. We know nothing about their personal lives. Racial background is not mentioned. No names are given. And there were not three “wise men from the East.” All we know is that wise people were on a search.
As a youth, I never could figure out how these regally clothed travelers with their glorious garments could be so clean and tidy after battling wind storms, sand storms, snow storms, rain storms and desert heat. They must have stopped at a dry cleaners before visiting the Christ-Child.
I never could figure out how these regally clothed travelers with their glorious garments could be so clean and tidy after battling wind storms, sand storms, snow storms, rain storms and desert heat. They must have stopped at a dry cleaners before visiting the Christ-Child.
Why were they lead all that way? Why were we lead all that way? This is a good question for us as we continue our journey of faith into a new year.
T.S. Eliot continues “We returned to our places, these Kingdoms, But no longer at ease here, in the old dispensation.” What do we seek? A stronger faith? Better family relations? Better meaning in my job? More peace and reconciliation in the world? Being a kinder, more forgiving and caring person? May we learn new Christ like habits that we never imagined before. Guided by God’s grace, we journey into new country.
“They left for their own country by another road.” St. Matthew 2: 12
Let the Scriptures Speak
Buy An Understandable Bible Translation: Speak to Pastors Eliot and Lawrence for recommendations.
Church Year: Epiphany means “to show”, “to make known”, “to reveal” the church’s service to the wider world. This season runs till Ash Wednesday, March 1 – beginning of Lent. Colors are gold and white.
Daily Scripture Reading: *Choose time of day *Choose a quiet place *Light a candle (symbol of God’s presence) *Begin with a prayer (Open my heart to your Word, O God.” *Close with a prayer (May your presence be with me today.”
In Conversation with Scripture: The Bible is filled with a variety of writings. A few examples – poetry (Psalms); history (Joshua and judges); prophets (Joel, Isaiah, Micah); Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John); the early Christian Church (Paul’s Letters) and end times (Revelation). It is helpful to know what type of writings you are reading. Again, check background information in your Bible.
Spiritual Practice: *When you read scripture, what word/thought comes to your attention)? *What do these words say to you? *What do you hear God saying to you?
Bible Readings For The Week: Sunday February 5: John 7:37-46; Monday February 6 Mark 9:30-41 ; Tuesday February 7 Mark 9:42-50
Wednesday February 8 Mark 10:1-16; Thursday February 9 Mark 10:17-31; Friday February 10 Mark10:32-45
Saturday February 11 Mark10:46-52Pray your own prayers.
Dan Schmiechen is a retired minister and member of Linden Hills United Church of Christ.