Text: Matthew 2:1-12
And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.
The Magi found their way to the child who has been born King of the Jews by means of a star; they paid homage to him and brought their treasure. They followed the rising star, and it led them to two places – to Herod, and to the holy child.
In the story, a dream warned them of Herod, and they left for their own country by another road. They went home by another way. Why? Perhaps to avoid Herod? Perhaps because they found they couldn’t go home they way they came?
What other ways have you taken as a result of an honored encounter? What brushes with Herod have you had as a result of the road taken to follow a glimmer in the night?
What about the times you went back to Herod’s palace after seeing that small holy possibility? When did you sense the danger? When did you take another road? What did that road look like? What road are you now on? Are you going back home? To the palace? Where? What might “home” look like, once you have taken such a journey?
– Beth Harrison