As the New Year approaches and we consider where we have been and where we hope to be this time next year…. we all will reflect.
As I was wondering what to share this week, I stumbled quite unexpectedly into the discovery of these beautiful tapestries, designed by Sir Edward Burn-Jones and executed by William Morris as part of the Pre-Raphaelite movement in Britain in the late 19th century. These men were fascinated by the Arthurian literature of the time, primary of which was the pursuit of the Holy Grail. The Holy Grail or Chalice, is the very cup that Jesus used at the Last Supper and the attainment of this treasure has motivated many a knight to travel great distances and suffer tremendous hardship for their King.
And so, I began to think this week about how we all have our own version of the “Holy Grail”
The big promotion…
The prestigious degree…
Hitting a certain number in our savings….
The dream vacation……
The perfect family celebration…..
and yes even the publication of a book:)
But at the end of it, do we ever feel at peace…..do we ever feel like we have achieved our Holy Grail?
So take a moment, if you will and click on the picture above.
As you enjoy all the rich details and colors of the scene, try to make it personal by putting yourself in their shoes…..let yourself wonder….did these knights feel changed the day after?
As I let my self wonder at this, I began to think about those famous wise men, who traveled so far with gifts for their baby king and I wondered….how did they feel the next day? Did bowing at the feet of God incarnate, change them?
Does all of our Christmas traditions, our gift giving and reaching out to our friends, does all of this change how we view ourselves in the New Year?
In my own moment of epiphany this week, I renewed my awareness of a picture of a God who is love and is seeking each of us. As I did this, I suddenly realized that even though the “Wise Men” brought precious gifts to the baby Jesus, their greatest gift to him was their presence….and by their presence they are changed as they bring the world to worship their new born King.
As you view this moment in detail, see how God desires us….that he is with us. I pray that you see that the “Holy Grail” is really within our hearts as we let the knowledge of God’s love for each of us fill our cup each day of this New Year.
Whose forms are bending low,
Who toil along the climbing way
With painful steps and slow,
Look now! for glad and golden hours
come swiftly on the wing.
O rest beside the weary road….
and hear the angels sing!
(It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, vs. 3, by Edmund Sears)
Please take a moment to hover and click on each of the above tapestries to linger over their rich detail.
And I wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!