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Week of: January 1, 2017
Scripture: Matthew 2:1-12
"… they left for their own country by another road."
(Matthew 2:12, NRSV)
What will it be this year? Exercise more? Get more organized? Commit to less use of social media? New Year’s resolutions are a societal ritual that we simply must take part in, right?
Unlike the often fleeting nature of New Year’s resolutions, this powerful text from Matthew’s Gospel is a reminder of the total transformation that we are called to after encountering Christ. Just as the Magi left “by another road,” how can we not be changed by our encounter with Christ during the Advent and Christmas seasons that we have just experienced? What might the transformation that others see in us elicit from the people with whom we partner in ministry?
The feeling of epiphany can run deep within our ministry areas in the days ahead if we allow it to. While we as worship artists often experience physical and mental exhaustion during the month of December, the spiritual renewal that we gain from the journey – and indeed, to the God in whom such renewal is made possible – is where we must turn for our strength as we seek lasting transformation.
May we never forget the moment that we encountered Christ anew this year.
O Transforming God, having encountered you anew, we know we cannot remain the same. Lead us by another road. Amen.