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Are you planning a major journey in 2017? January 6 is Epiphany, the festival that remembers the visit of the magi, the wise men, to Jesus. It is probable that the magi came from Persia (modern Iraq/Iran) and so they travelled over one thousand miles.  They could not have set off without some serious planning. So, what are you planning for 2017? Have you made resolutions, and if so, are they expressed positively (something you are going to take up or do more of) or negatively (something you are going to give up or do less of)? If you are serious about your resolutions, then you need to do some planning. Our best plans consist of small steps towards the ultimate goal, rather than relying on one dramatic move. When the wise men had finished their journey, they found that their plans had come to pass as they met Jesus. May all our plans for 2017 become fruitful as we commit them to God.

Jesus said,

 

Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.  But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

Matthew 7

 

The Adoration of the Magi, with the Nativity and the Presentation in the Temple, Master of 1518, Netherlandish, c. 1520, oil on panel, detail - Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University - DSC01065

  

Prayer: God of all daily journeys, may we know you are always with us even though we can’t see you.  Help us to recognise that sometimes we have to risk getting things wrong or being foolish. Give us the courage sometimes to choose to risk making mistakes for the sake of trying to do something good and worthwhile for you and help us to learn well from all our experiences.

Amen. 

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