This was an improvised sermon for a Family Communion, but the points which covered can be seen here;
We took the children to follow the footsteps of the Magi and to go on a long journey to find Jesus, (Ben made an amazing star carrier and led us right to the stable!)
We also recognized that the number of Magi is not given in the Bible, and for every wise man there is at least one wise woman, and wise boys and wise girls too. So we all took gifts.
As we journeyed, we did take time to look at the things around us, books, flowers, doors, people.
And what was the speed we walked…. and if we think about rhe speed we journeyed, i wonder if i can ask about the speed of God?
We then sat to discuss an idea from a Japanese Theologian, Kosuke Koyama, who said this, (i paraphrased at the time);
God walks ‘slowly’ because he is love. If he is not love he would have gone much faster. Love has its speed. It is an inner speed. It is a spiritual speed. It is a different kind of speed from the technological speed to which we are accustomed. It is ‘slow’ yet it is lord over all other speed since it is the speed of love. It goes on in the depth of our life, whether we notice or not, whether we are currently hit by storm or not, at three miles an hour. It is the speed we walk and therefore it is the speed the love of God walks.” (Koyama, Kosuke. Three Mile an Hour God. Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 1979, p. 7.)
… so we had walked, and what did we notice? We noticed things all around us. We often speak of life as a journey… we are not racing towards the end of our journey.. but we slowly make our way there and try to take in as many sights and sounds on the way as we can.
The point of the journey- we often say – is not to arrive.
But was that true for the Magi too? Well certainly they look to the sky and saw a star as a simple of love and hope, and so they embarked on this unknown journey simply following the call of hope and the light of love.
Maybe when they arrived they were shocked, surprised, even disappointed.. But i wonder what they also discovered on the journey.. what may have they learned about themselves, each other, and their bigger hopes as they traveled.. which point of their story is really the Epiphany?
So we walk, we journey and there are many Epiphanies.. many times when we catch a vision of something beyond ourselves, something which is birthed from Hope and Love…
And when we spoke of journeys like that we also were able to celebrate the 50year journey of Jose & Mike who are celebrating their amazing anniversary this weekend! I wonder what they may have learned and discovered on their journey together?
So let us take hope this Epiphany.. as we realise that we are not walking with God, it is God walking with us:.. and that makes a difference. And occasionally – from the corner of our eye – we catch a glimpse of that wonder, God walking at our speed, the speed of love.