Lord, I discovered a metaphor (is that the correct term?) in the "Twelfth Night" story. In Matthew 2:12, we’re told of the Magi’s visit with the baby Jesus:
And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.
Having seen Christ they were advised by the angels to take another road.
That’s appropriate advice for us after celebrating Jesus’ birth. Having seen Him, we should consider "another road."
Matthew gives us a new map three chapters later. Christ’s Beatitudes in chapter five. We should take the road of the meek, the merciful, the seekers of righteousness, the pure of heart, the peacemakers.
As a New Year begins, Father, make us ever mindful of that road you call us to travel - alongside Jesus - and empowered by your Holy Spirit. Amen.