Before the arrival

January 6, 2011 — 1 Comment
T.S. Eliot wrote a wonderfully evocative Epiphany poem, “The Journey of the Magi”, a reminder that though the wise men may have showed up to pay tribute to Jesus in their finery, all washed and rested, the journey there was a long tough slog. I find comfort in that, as my pilgrimage also takes me over some rough terrain and harsh weather.

“A cold coming we had of it,
Just the worst time of the year
For a journey, and such a journey:
The ways deep and the weather sharp,
The very dead of winter.
And the camels galled, sore-footed,
refractory,
Lying down in the melting snow.”


Link
The full poem and a recording of Eliot reading the poem

This Week’s Special
What joy for those whose strength comes from the Lord,
who have set their minds on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.
When they walk through the Valley of Weeping,
it will become a place of refreshing springs.
The autumn rains will clothe it with blessings.
They will continue to grow stronger,
and each of them will appear before God in Jerusalem.

Psalm 84:5-7

One response to Before the arrival

  1. 

    I love this poem and hadn't thought of it in years. THANKS for posting it. I love the way you linked it to that Psalm; adds hope doesn't it?P.S. I totally stole this idea/link for my blog too ;) Hope you don't mind.

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