Around Christmas, in 2010, I was leading worship when a butterfly fluttered down and landed on the pulpit. It was brightly coloured and, in the cold of winter, utterly out of place…and so a hymn fitting for the 6th January, Epiphany…
1 Like butterflies emerging in the cold,
incongruous strangers punctuate this birth;
while snow and frosted windows paint the scene
and God in human flesh has come to earth.
2 Exotic strangers, carried on the wind,
the wind of wisdom, fathomed by their thought.
Obscure and out of place, these coloured robes,
as out of place as all the gifts they brought.
3 And yet they have a place in every play,
in signalling God's universal grace,
that those who fit and others who are strange,
are held by God in every time and place.
Andrew E Pratt (born 1948)
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Tune ELLERS; HIGHLAND CATHEDRAL