The magi went home another way, and we don’t hear any more of their story. With their departure, we take down the decorations, declaring this Christmas “done” until next year. But, just like Christmas is more than one 24 hour day, the season of Ephipany continues beyond January 6. It is a season of paying attention to the light while noticing the darkness and following God’s lead into the unknown. Week by week, until we hear the story of Jesus’ transfiguration, we’ll ponder with the wise ones of so long ago, where and to what is God calling.
This Sunday, we observe Human Relations Sunday, one of six special Sundays in the United Methodist Church. We do this on the eve of Martin Luther King, Jr Day a time to consider the work that has been done and is still yet to do. Still early in the year, it’s time for an internal audit. How are we treating one another? How are we living the light and love of God in the darkness of hatred, violence, and oppression? How do our actions contribute to and ‘resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves’?
I’ll see you on Sunday,
And now… a little James Taylor