After a few days that haven't inspired me that much, today it's the story of the Magi and some 'new learning' for me.
Seemingly, according to the Talmud, the term 'Magi' was used for Zoroastrioanists, a faith/worldview I know little about and about which good old wikipedia is quite helpful (here). It seems that the ancient Celtic Christians used the same term for Druids (here). The idea, then, that God somehow draws those of other faiths, other cultures, other worldviews to the Christ - and that they then return by 'another way' to the places from which they came.
There is nothing to suggest that the Magi became proselyte Jews, and Christianity hadn't yet been invented. They simply returned home, bypassing Herod, and somehow changed by their encounter. People of other faiths sometimes tell me they are attrcted by Jesus, if not be his followers.
Many Christian traditions, at least in western Europe, owe their origins to Celtic, Druidic and Germanic practices, whether it's Christmas trees, yule logs, bonfires or candles. Whether this is syncretism or enculturation is probably a moot point. But, in symbol at least, wise people of all faiths, and probably of none, are drawn into the wonder of the God-child.
I thank you that you are an unlimited God, a God who is not bound by the limitations of human understanding. You are a God who loves and works in all life, whether or not they acknowledge you and who you are. May I be willing to see and hear you, knowing your voice, wherever it comes from and whomever you choose to speak through. Amen.