What led the magi

Dearly Beloved,
Grace and Peace to you.

         Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked,
         “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews?
         We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.”

                  —Matthew 2.1

What led these mysterious figures,
         characters from the misty edges of our worlds,
         descending from towers in our dreams,
                  to travel as they did? To change their lives?

What led them to seek and to find,
         to kneel and to honor,
         to give gifts and praise?

What led them to leave palaces behind,
         to submit to the pointing of strangers,
         to change their way and seek new roads?

A star, a small light in a great darkness,
         true enough and sure.
                  A star led them.

A Word, a promise from ancient scripture,
         still alive, and whispered
         deep within.
                  A Word led them.

A dream, a knowing given in darkness and sleep,
         received, not made.
                  A dream led them.

A longing, a desire for wisdom and belonging,
         rising in the deep sky of their hearts.
                  A longing led them.

A willingness, the humility to listen and follow,
         the confidence, even as kings, to obey.
                  A willingness led them.

What led them?
         You led them. Each step,
                  each error, each turn, you led them.

Christ, my child, my star, my dream:
         lead me.
                  And I shall follow.

Deep Blessings,
Pastor Steve

Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light

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