The Three Wise Women

Published: Saturday, 08 December 2012

On Thursday night (with Joe Pinkard) and this Sunday (with Ann Lock) we at ABC are looking at the Christmas story through the eyes of the wise men. 

Someone wondered how the story would have been different if it had starred Three Wise Women. Check out the text on the image. Jan Richardson, of Florida, has been thinking down this similar line. She has written this poem: 

Wise Women Also Came

Wise women also came.The fire burned
in their wombs
long before they saw
the flaming star
in the sky.

wise-women2They walked in shadows,
trusting the path
would open
under the light of the moon.

Wise women also came,
seeking no directions,
no permission
from any king.
They came
by their own authority,
their own desire,
their own longing.
They came in quiet,
spreading no rumors,
sparking no fears
to lead
to innocents' slaughter,
to their sister Rachel's
inconsolable lamentations.

Wise women also came,
and they brought
useful gifts:
water for labor's washing,
fire for warm illumination,
a blanket for swaddling.

Wise women also came,
at least three of them,
holding Mary in the labor,
crying out with her
in the birth pangs,
breathing ancient blessings
into her ear.

Wise women also came,
and they went,
as wise women always do,
home a different way.

Painted Prayerbook