Awkward lessons from Epiphany

People from far away bring the greatest gifts
not family, born or chosen, but strangers.
Watch for them.

Stars that guide people to God,
are probably not what church folk expect
(after all, astrologers?)
Could be AA, yoga, facebook, Zoloft.

Stars are usually visible
in someone’s deepest night.
If it’s someone you love, remember that.

At one time or another,
we ask directions from the wrong people,
and get to the Messiah anyway.

The not-very-useful gifts we bring God
are not what God needs,
but what we need to give away.

After meeting God,
we have to go home another way,
both things –
it is a very different journey
and yet we end up home.

As Matthew tells the story, and as we do,
on January 6, long ago, last year, so also this one –

it is always about the choice of kings.

Pittman, Lauren Wright. Shining Hope, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. Original source: – copyright by Lauren Wright Pittman.
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6 Responses to Awkward lessons from Epiphany

  1. Rev. Stephen Price says:

    This is truly amazing. Thank you so much for reminding me of this…it is something I really need to hear as I work with Mobile Crisis Response as well as my congregation. It is also my story…which is why, I guess, it helps with my congregation and crisis intervention 🙂

  2. Maren says:

    I am so very glad that it moved you, Mark!

  3. I love the insights you show us in this poem.

  4. Very beautiful. Thank you for this.

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