A poem for Epiphany

I was recently shown the following poem, which I think is an appropriate reflection for Epiphany, the date traditionally used by Christians to celebrating the coming of the Three Wise Ones, or Magi, who came from the East to honor Jesus according to the Gospel of Matthew.

May it challenge and inspire you.

Your progressive redneck preacher,

Micah

Wise Women Also Came

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Wise women also came.
The fire burned
in their wombs
long before they saw
the flaming star
in the sky.
They walked in shadows,
trusting the path
would open
under the light of the moon.

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Wise women also came,
seeking no directions,
no permission
from any king.
They came
by their own authority,
their own desire,
their own longing.
They came in quiet,
spreading no rumors,
sparking no fears
to lead
to innocents’ slaughter,
to their sister Rachel’s
inconsolable lamentations.

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Wise women also came,
and they brought
useful gifts:
water for labor’s washing,
fire for warm illumination,
a blanket for swaddling.

 

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Wise women also came,
at least three of them,
holding Mary in the labor,
crying out with her
in the birth pangs,
breathing ancient blessings
into her ear.

Wise women also came,
and they went,
as wise women always do,
home a different way.

This icon of the Trinity draws on the feminine images used in Scripture for the Holy Spirit, as a reminder that women as well as men can bear the image of God.

Poem by Jan L. Richardson

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