January 5, 2020
Scripture: Matthew 2:12
Because the Magi were warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they went back to their own country by another route.
Thought for the Day: It is one thing to return home and something very different to return to a place you once called home that no longer feels like your home because of a transformative experience. Have you ever learned something new or witnessed something wonderful that forever changed how you viewed life? It is tough to return home and to interact with those who did not have the same experience. There would be plenty of eye rolling as they listened to what sounded like nonsense to them. This is where it is important to spend less time trying to retell the experience and simply live a life that represents what you experienced during your travels. You have a better chance of convincing people if your life looks radically different. The problem within many circles of Christianity is the talk sounds all good, but the lives appear to reinforce the same cultural priorities of greed, selfishness and self-preservation. It’s ok to return home and to realize that you’ll never be comfortable there again because your life is probably going to make everyone else feel uncomfortable…assuming you choose to live as one who made the journey.
Prayer: Lead me to where I need to go, O Spirit of the Beckoning Star. And the transformative power of your radical and relentless love for all humanity shall become the souvenir I treasure from my travels. When friends do not understand, help me continue to love them without compromising the new life you expect me to live. Amen.
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