Dearly Beloved,
Grace and Peace to you.
         Behold, magi came from the east….
         They returned by another road….
         “Take the child and his mother and flee to Egypt….
         “Return to the land of Israel….”
         He went away to the district of Galilee….


You travel on long journeys,
detours and indefinite sojourns,
and not alone.

Notice the momentary delights;
enjoy them and let them go.
The soul is here for a longer haul.

The Holy One who stirs within you
seeks a place in this world,
and will not leave you behind.

The blessed homecoming
is an exploration, a path of missteps
and long hesitations,
an exodus issuing into wilderness wandering,
known by neither route or destination
but divine accompaniment.

Every day you are leaving the house,
never to return.
And not alone.

Deep Blessings,
Pastor Steve

Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light

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