Sunday, January 07, 2018

7 January ~ Epiphany ~ Follow the Light



In the past, men and women of old followed the star to find the baby Jesus.  In this marvelous hymn/poem, we have the wonderful imagery that we are also on a journey, we also are "on camino," on a pilgrimage always to seek and to find God.  Seeking God, following the light and enduring the journey, every step, until we find God in the most surprising of places.  And there, when we have encountered God, we lay down our treasures, whatever they may be - all things come of thee, O Lord, and of thine own have we given thee.  And this giving is in Joy!  the joy of completing a journey, of the pilgrimage to follow the light, and to seek, and ultimately, to find God.


As with gladness, men of old


As with gladness, men of old
Did the guiding star behold
As with joy they hailed its light
Leading onward, beaming bright
So, most glorious Lord, may we
Evermore be led to Thee.
As with joyful steps they sped
To that lowly manger bed
There to bend the knee before
Him Whom Heaven and earth adore;
So may we with willing feet
Ever seek Thy mercy seat.
As they offered gifts most rare
At that manger rude and bare;
So may we with holy joy,
Pure and free from sin's alloy,
All our costliest treasures bring,
Christ, to Thee, our heavenly King.



~William Chatterton Dix

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