Giving...What are we bringing?
"Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, grankincense and myrrh." (Matthew 2:4b)
Are all of your Christmas decorations put away? What about your Christmas gifts? Have you put everything away? I confess the decorations are all put away but I wait to put the gifts away until I have written the thank you notes. Did you forget anyone's gift? I must confess again.... Yes, I totally spaced on a couple of gifts. Thankfully for the grandkids, even the step grandkids, after they are 13 they get cash instead of me trying to figure out what they want. The other gift was a mad scramble to find something and get it into a giftbag.
The readings today are about gifts. Isaiah is reminding the Hebrew people, and us, "your light has come, the glory of the Lord rises upon you." (Isaiah 60:1) Paul is pointing out, in Ephesians, the reason he is a prisoner of Christ -- "Surely you have heard about the administration of God's grace that was given to me for you." (Ephesisians 3:2) Then, as we start into Epiphany, we have the Wiesmen getting to Bethelhem to give the Christ child "On Coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary...." (Matthew 2:11) The gift God has given us, God's grace through the gift of his Son, and the gifts the Wisemen brought to the King of kings.
So my question is...what gift are we bringing? What are we giving to Christ, whose birthday we just celebrated? As Caregivers we are already "giving" a lot, I know and I understand. It doesn't change the question...what are we giving to the King of kings? What if (to continue from last week) we gave ourselves? If we gave our heart and our time? What if instead of an hour on Sunday we spent time daily with God? What are we bringing? Something to think about.....
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