Letter from Lindy Jan 6
Have you had as discombobulated a start to your week, with it beginning on Wednesday, January 2? Confessionally, I just couldn’t get it together and was out of step all day–my desk–a mess of papers that seemed to stymie me at every turn. I was unprepared for the conversations and tasks before me. I longed for an internal voice, the beacon of a star, to speak into or to light my steps forward.
And that got me thinking. Sunday, we celebrate Epiphany with the Eastern Wise Ones drawing us back one more time to the home of the Christ infant. One more time, we will bend and pay him homage, bringing our gifts to bear. From here, Christmas decorations make their way back into storage for another year. I look out on the landscape and yearn for that beckoning, that guiding, as we make our way forward.
One way to attune ourselves to God’s whispers and nudges is to lean into a decade old practice of star words. If you have not yet participated in this worship exercise, let me invite you. In your bulletin will be 2 cut-out stars, along with an insert (front and back) filled with words. As we move through our liturgical companions of word, prayer and song, I invite you to open yourself to one of those words commanding your attention. Or perhaps one will be a springboard for another word. Who knows how God’s breath might stir within? By the benediction, though, I want us to have our word/s written on our stars–one to take home, one to affix to a tri-fold board that will be in the narthex.
My prayer is that these words will shape our journey, much as God’s word did the Eastern travelers, for another way home. Maybe three of these words will become Pilgrim’s words to guide our work through the year. My hope always is that your word will accompany you throughout the year and you will take note of the ways its meaning manifests in your life throughout 2019. I would love to imagine all the ways in which we will share these word-experiences in community through the year.
I, for one, can’t wait to hear how our still speaking God will bring your word alive in you!
See you Sunday,