What Child is this who, laid to rest On Mary's lap, is sleeping?
Whom angels greet with anthems sweet While shepherds watch are keeping?
This, this is Christ the King, Whom shepherds guard and angels sing,
Haste, haste, to bring Him laud, The Babe, the Son of Mary!
(What Child Is This, William Dix)
The Magi have been travelling to Bethlehem, following a star in the sky, searching for the long-awaited Messiah. They arrive at a lowly stable and find a babe wrapped in swaddling clothes. Overwhelmed with joy, they fall to their knees and pay him homage.
This is an awesome and humbling image of encountering Christ, Son of God, Gift of Love, in the simplest of places. This is Epiphany. As our Christmas season comes to a close, I wish you many opportunities to experience the glory of encountering Jesus in the simple places of your days! Many blessings as we embrace 2018!