I don’t know if anyone else feels special significance in beginning a new decade? Maybe because I am a zero baby and counting the years in tens is easy, or turning 50 next week has made be rather contemplative! I spoke this week of the Magi journeying to the now child Jesus. They set off not quite knowing where the star would guide them, but acutely aware this star was life changing and held such special significance and probability of revelation that it was worth utterly uprooting themselves for. So convinced in it, they take the costly, kingly and prophetic gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to lay at the feet of the one they are guided to.
They had a misdirection, stopping first at King Herod’s palace close to Bethlehem, understood they sought something more, and five miles on, beneath the star, they find the Christ child and kneel in awe and wonder.
I imagine their bursting smiles of joy on their journey back in experiencing this special one and being part of such a moment in history. Giving up their familiar, taking the long, dangerous journey had been worthwhile. The revelation had come to them and they had to follow it!
I wonder what discomfort I am ready to face this decade in deeper search of God’s signs and revelations, in choosing to make a difference to climate change, in better self-care of mental, physical and spiritual health.
May God bless your decades footsteps with good health and revelation of God’s wonder x
The old year is worn and tired.
Time now to kiss it goodbye.
Take with you its wisdom –
the authority and power of all that you have learned.
Remember the past year with love,
but let go of its despair.
Live the year that lies ahead
with fresh energy and hope.
Be strong, have courage.
It is time now for something new.
Revd Nikki Mann
Nikki is the Priest in Charge of the Raddesley Benefice (which consists of 6 churches) in Cambridgeshire