Having been warned in a dream
not to return to Herod,
they left for their own country by another road.
The star behind us, a new year rising,
just when we thought the search was over
and the treasure found, we hear a warning
to repent, to change our ways,
to embark on a new unknown
off the road where we’re at home.
But we welcome it.
This old one was awful.
The year was hard, the way was rocky.
For all the danger and cruelty
we’re glad not to return to
we give thanks for this gift, so needed, from God:
Thank you. We’ll take it.
December 31, 2020