Are we nearly there!

It’s almost the feast of the Epiphany when we commemorate the visit of the Magi (Wise men) to the infant Jesus.
Here’s a meditation on behalf of the camels, by my friend Joyce Smith, who died lasy year.

Like the donkey,
we camels are often
left out of the story;
it gives us the hump

The journey
was long and exhausting,
but when we glimpsed
the walls of Jerusalem,
we thought we had arrived.
A king would surely
be born in the palace,
and we could rest in
lovely comfortable stables!

But Herod was even
grumpier than we were
when our masters told him
we were seeking
a newborn king
The priests and scribes
searched their sacred books
and found that
Bethlehem was what had
been foretold by the prophets.

And so we carried on,
guided by the star;
determined not to let
Herod’s scheming
thwart our purpose.

The road ahead might be hard,
but we would keep
carrying our masters
until we found
the newborn king.

(Joyce Smith)

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