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Sonia’s article in the January Diary December 28, 2017

Posted by nicholastufton in The Diary Monthly letter.
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January brings both the promise of the new and the legacy of the old. A fresh start, an optimistic gym membership, lengthening days and then credit card bills, filthy weather and ages till next holiday time.

The Church’s Christmas season doesn’t end on Boxing Day. It continues all the way up to Candlemas, 2nd February, when we celebrate the presentation of the baby Jesus at the Temple in Jerusalem.

Before that, on 6th January, we have the coming of the magi, wise men from the east, to worship Jesus as King of the Jews. They were probably Persian astronomers. Popular tradition has converted them into kings, often representing different continents, named Caspar, Balthazar and Melchior. Their gifts were highly symbolic: gold for kingship, frankincense for worshipping a god, and myrrh for death and burial.

The magi by The Rev’d Dr Malcolm Guite

It might have been just someone else’s story;
Some chosen people get a special king,
We leave them to their own peculiar glory,
We don’t belong, it doesn’t mean a thing.
But when these three arrive they bring us with them,
Gentiles like us, their wisdom might be ours;
A steady step that finds an inner rhythm,
A pilgrim’s eye that sees beyond the stars.
They did not know his name but still they sought him,
They came from otherwhere but still they found;
In palaces, found those who sold and bought him,
But in the filthy stable, hallowed ground.
Their courage gives our questing hearts a voice
To seek, to find, to worship, to rejoice.

Many blessings for the coming year

Sonia
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