Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
The three kings would have sensed that they were close to their destination. They also would be very far from home, and would have fond memories of what was behind to keep them stable while they journeyed further and further away from home. They would have brought something from home to remember what was behind. I doubt if they brought some black eyed peas and ham hocks to have a traditional New Year's dinner with the other kings and new found friends. I am certain they would have had some tradition to help them remember with fondness their families back home, their parents, their community, their spirituality, and any number of things that had established the hearts of the three kings.
Some kind of simultaneous celebrating of tradition and a new beginning would have been set aside all along their journey to realign them to their goals and God given dreams as well as all the people and things that God had already blessed them with.
Who are the people and what are the things that God has already blessed you with that you can celebrate and remember on this day in which we also by faith imagine a preferred future?
Lord, thank you for the people and things in which you have blessed us with in our past and in our present. Help us establish traditions that will establish our hearts. Help us also keep moving forward as you lead us into a future that you are already present in. Forgive us all our sins, and give us joy for the journey ahead.