“We ARE the Magi, searching, resplendent in this world’s accouterments of knowledge and wealth and achievement…but we search and seek something more.” ~Ann Weems~
Epiphany. Three Kings. The gifts of the Magi. Star Sunday. I had the privilege to worship this morning from an colonial pew in my sister’s church, a blessing since she continues to recuperate from a recent major surgery. Today is Epiphany, and affectionately known in this church as Star Sunday, where everyone is given the opportunity to choose a “star gift” to guide them through the coming year. Each “star gift” is a cut-out star with one word printed on it. Words like creativity, caring, imagine, healing, grace, patience, acceptance (and so many others) are prepared in anticipation of this annual opportunity. As you leave the worship service, you prayerfully close your eyes and select a star (without seeing the word printed on it). Like the Magi who chose to follow a Star without truly understanding where it would lead, we take a leap of faith to use the “star gift” in guiding our journey through the year ahead.
For the past three years, my “star gift” has profoundly complemented my personal “one word” for the year. While my annual “one word” comes to me gingerly over a period of reflection in preparation and anticipation for the new year, the “star gift” word chooses me at random. Coincidence? I think not.
Each new year presents new challenges, new hopes, new opportunities; suddenly it’s time to actually embrace all this new. With the gift of new beginnings (and new words) in a new year, we need opportunities to ponder them in our hearts and to take action as well. Exactly how my “one word” and now my “star gift” interact and help guide my journey in 2020 remain to be seen, but I accept the clarity and purpose of each.
So may we all carry the faith to gratefully accept the star we are given this year and the courage to follow where it leads…and may grace and peace be yours in 2020. 🙂