“Sing We Now of Christmas”
United Methodist Hymnal – #237
Angels called to shepherds, “Leave your
flocks at rest, journey forth to Bethlehem”
For many people, a good old fashioned road trip is the ultimate vacation. We have glamorized that convertible top down, wind blown hair, no real schedule, and the feeling of complete freedom thing. For people glued to a clock 24 hours a day, this must sound like heaven. Even when the ultimate destination is known, the journey is still the best part of any trip. But what about a journey into the unknown? What kind of faith does it take to make that kind of a leap, either literally or figuratively? In our lives, we find ourselves faced with countless journeys, some we embrace, some we don’t. Like a fork in the road, Robert Frost referenced it in his poem The Road Not Taken: “Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” We often know the outcome, or destination of the journeys we face, and yet, find we have no choice but to take them. A common leap of faith might be a marriage, a new home, or a new job. Standing by and caring for a failing loved one at the end of their journey, or a new-born at the start of theirs. But I believe that there are choices to be made regarding our journeys each and every morning. We decide what kind of person we will be. We decide how we will relate to our fellow travelers on this life journey. We even make a decision, conscious or un-, of whether or not to be happy. It seems too simplistic, but let’s not forget, we are not on this journey alone.
. . . neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers,
nor things present, nor things to come, will be able
to separate us from the love of God . . .
ROMANS 8: 38-39
Gracious God, you are steadfast and merciful. You don’t punish your children for their folly, but rather, gently nudge us toward your will, for us and our world. We pray that we may more fully discern your way, as we chart our courses. You, who set the stars in the skies, guide us, that we might better journey, straying less from your path of compassion, generosity, and grace. Amen.