“In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising and have come to pay him homage.” Matthew 2:1-2

The beginning of a new year is a time when we can both look back and look forward. Where has our journey taken us, and where do we hope to go? What are we aiming for?

The Magi were in search of the Christ child. They came in peace, with humble and generous hearts. These star watchers were able to see a truth that we need to embrace. When we search for leadership that will truly help us, it is not found in putting our oar in with the strongest bully on the block. Instead, our hope is found in the goodness of looking after and protecting a little child.

“The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them.” (Isaiah 11:6)

As we begin the journey into 2016, let us embrace the good news that our Saviour has been born, and is laid in a manger because there is no room at the inn. Who are the humble and vulnerable folks among us whom we can welcome and comfort? What gift will we receive when we extend a hand in friendship to our neighbours from near and far away?

 

Happy New Year to you and all those in your care!

 

Mark Gedcke