Grace and Peace to you.
Sounds wrong, doesn’t it? Way too late. But today is the eleventh day. By the time we get to the pipers piping and the drummers drumming it’s clear that we’re following a different rhythm than the secular world. We’re pondering the mystery of the Incarnation, of God-with-us.
By now we get the feeling of the long haul. We feel the urge to take down the decorations and get on with other things—yet here is God, patiently staying with us, not building up to some big event, but simply being with us, now in this ordinary, sacred time, full of grace. God’s presence stretches through our sense of time, traversing its boundaries. Our awareness and energy are relative; God’s grace is constant. We are often preoccupied wishing time would either hurry up or slow down, while the present moment is simply here, shot through with light and promise.
Things take time. The magi are still making their way toward the holy child. According to Matthew’s story, in fact, they arrived some two years after his birth. So this Sunday we’re celebrating the wise men of Christmas, 2010. Have patience this ordinary day. Trust that the promise is diligently making its journey. A star that appeared in the sky of your heart will lead to magical wonders, but not for a couple of years. God is working on a grander scale than you can see. Be patient with the future; it will bring blessing. Be present in the moment; it is full of God.
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