Knox United Church Drumheller
A Christmas Message from Rev. Heather Carlson
The star the wisemen had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem.... They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshipped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Matthew 2:9-11 January 6 is historically the day Christians celebrate the arrival of the Magi (wisemen). Having seen a new star in the sky that they determine signals the birth of a new king, they set out to find him. It takes many days, maybe years, to track down the child; their journey takes them to capital cities, into the presence of kings and leading advisers, and finally to a humble dwelling in a little town. Usually we talk about the gifts the Magi bring to Jesus... gold, frankincense and myrrh, but this year I've been thinking about the gift the Magi already have themselves. I would call it the gift of curiosity; a mixture of attentiveness, inquisitiveness and perseverance. Without this curiosity, these wise ones would not have knelt before the baby Jesus in joy and worship. Their attentive curiosity to the events around them allowed them to notice the change in the stars. How often do we get bogged down in the day to day routines... head down ploughing our way through life? When we do, we may miss the opportunity to see glimpses of God's beauty and newness breaking into our world. I wonder what we might see this holiday season if we lift our eyes to be attentive. The inquisitive curiosity of the Magi leads them to seek out questions and advice of those around them. How often do we convince ourselves we have nothing left to learn... set in our thinking we stop asking questions and advice of those who might help us? When we do, we may miss the opportunity to find a new path that leads us to the God who has come among us. I wonder what we might learn this holiday season if we asked someone where/how they have experienced God. The persevering curiosity of the Magi drives them not to give up, even when they face uncertainty, challenges and even danger. How often do we give up on ourselves or God when things become difficult? When we do, we may miss the wonder, joy and connection that God has waiting for us through or on the other side of that obstacle. I wonder what delight we might experience this holiday season if we persevered in our quest to find God present among us. The gift of curiosity led the Magi to kneel before the newborn King Jesus. Yet I think curiosity is a gift we all can exercise by opening ourselves to being attentive, inquisitive and persevering. May the gift of curiosity draw you close to God and His presence among us this season. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!