wise women also came

The following reflection by the talented Jan Richardson [http://paintedprayerbook.com/2008/12/30/inviting-epiphany/] is well worth reflecting on as we ponder the meaning of Christmas.  There are always stories behind the written stories that are there for the telling.  They are, of course, speculative – but like this one, the speculations are interesting and encouraging.  This one in particular hints at the many different ways that space was made for the Christ-child.

Wise Women Also Came – Jan Richardson
Wise women also came.
The fire burned
in their wombs
long before they saw
the flaming star
in the sky.
They walked in shadows,
trusting the path
would open
under the light of the moon.

Wise women also came,
seeking no directions,
no permission
from any king.
They came
by their own authority,
their own desire,
their own longing.
They came in quiet,
spreading no rumors,
sparking no fears
to lead
to innocents’ slaughter,
to their sister Rachel’s
inconsolable lamentations.

Wise women also came,
and they brought
useful gifts:
water for labor’s washing,
fire for warm illumination,
a blanket for swaddling.

Wise women also came,
at least three of them,
holding Mary in the labor,
crying out with her
in the birth pangs,
breathing ancient blessings
into her ear.

Wise women also came,
and they went,
as wise women always do,
home a different way.

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