by Debbie Pidgeon, Stewardship Committee

Christmas, the most beloved of the Christian holiday seasons, is here. It is a time of giving gifts to our loved ones. This tradition of “gift giving” is an echo of the mysterious story of the visit of the Magi told in the Gospel of Matthew:

“…..and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.” Mat. 2:9-11 NIV

The last sentence of verse 11 tells us they “presented him with gifts.” I have often thought of the importance of that sentence. What would the story be like if they came without gifts to honor the Christ child? It is unthinkable. How could they travel so far, following the star that heralded his birth, and not bring a gift?  So like the Magi, it is most appropriate that we, too, should present Him with gifts.

  • The Magi brought a gift of myrrh, used to prepare a body for burial. It is a reminder of our mortality and the limited time we are given on earth. We can give the gift of a portion of that precious Time for God’s work and ministries.
  • Incense was given to worship Him. God gave each of us Talent in particular areas. To use those Talents to further His work on earth is a unique and personal way we glorify and worship God.
  • And finally, the Magi presented Him with gold. Perhaps the gold was used for the flight to Egypt or setting up a home and workshop in Nazareth. Gold was the material Treasure so necessary to fulfill God’s plan in the world. It was then, and is now, a necessary resource to set up His home (in Nazareth and here at Grace).

The Magi traveled far on their journey. We, too, have traveled far on our own “journey.” When we “bow down and worship Him” on Christmas Eve, let us “open our hearts” to present Him with the perfect gifts of our Time, and of our Talent, and of our Treasure.

Merry Christmas!

 

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