Yesterday morning, we were in Bath Abbey, taking part in a beautiful service to celebrate the coming of the Magi, and the way God moves and speaks to people using a language they understand. The sermon, by Rev Evelyn Lee-Barber, explored this theme very thoughtfully, and she encouraged us to think about where we were in the story too, and how we might respond.
It reminded me of a creative writing/meditation I did some time ago, where I used the words of the wise men to explore the story deeper. I wondered if you, dear readers, would find it helpful to do yourselves.
You can write the words out on a large piece of paper with plenty of space between the phrases.
“Where is the one
Who was born
We have come
Read the story slowly, allowing your imagination to dwell with each of the characters, and places. Ask what about this story speaks to you today, might be with you this week. After you have spent some time in open quietness before God, when you feel ready, expand the words of the wise men, filling in the spaces you have left on the page. There is something about allowing gaps that helps slow down your reading and thinking, giving time and possibility to the work of the Spirit, allowing the meaning to unfold before you. The spaces matter, giving you space to think and feel and respond, to allow the words to engage in dialogue with you. The gaps can be where the light gets in, to paraphrase Leonard Cohen. Why not give it a go?
Perhaps you could share what you have written in the comments section, if you would like to!