The Cusp

We are on the cusp.

The season of Christmas has reached its zenith.  Despite what is often portrayed that point was not the birth, the birth was but a new beginning, no the tipping point comes now at Candlemas with the foretelling of sorrow and death.  The purification of Mary, the Presentation of our Lord at the Temple.  The day when a woman is no more unclean, the day a babe is bought back from death to life, the day when we have to choose.

This day speaks of something awesome, something which changes all that was, into all that will be.

There are, not just two pigeons, or maybe turtle doves, but also two choices:

To go bravely upward continuing the journey into the unknown, moving forward with courage towards the promise, travelling joyously knowing that, while there will also be sorrow on the path. that the sorrow will lead to yet still greater joys.


To turn back, back to that which is familiar, comfortable and well known, a way of ease and comfort which does not challenge or confront, but neither does it transform the world.  A way of complacency which makes no room for new joys and wonders to unfold.

We are on the cusp.

Have our eyes truly seen the promised new life through the veil of smoke, are they now focused solely on that eternal light or still pulled by the earthly nature of blood and water, are we brave enough to let the glory that surrounds all triumph or do the flying feather distract us, calling on us to repeat the process over and over again, like some spiritual Groundhog Day.


 ‘Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace,
according to your word;
 for my eyes have seen your salvation,
   which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
 a light for revelation to the Gentiles
and for glory to your people Israel.’

Luke 2:29-32



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