We hear it a lot during holidays, when families get together and other group activities. We hear "what are you bringing?" And, when possible, we can even say "what can I bring?" Each person is bringing something different -- even if they are all bringing cookies they are different kinds of cookies. It can be very interesting to watch as the various things are put out.
Today is the day we celebrate Epiphany (which is actually tomorrow) and is actually the 12th day of Christmas. No, I do not want all of the gifts we sing about with the song but it is a reminder that Christmas goes past Dec. 25th. Epiphany is celebrating the Magi finding the Christ child and bringing gifts. It is also a time for each of us to think about the gift we are bringing to the Christ child.
We don't know how many Magi there were. We aren't even sure when they got to Bethlehem. All we are told is "on coming to the house they saw the child" (Matthew 2:11 emphasis mine) and that they gave 3 gifts. We don't know how far they came -- only "from the east," or how long they had traveled but we do know they were "seeking the "king of the Jews" and wanted to worship him." (Matthew 2:2)
Something for us to think about is..... Are we still seeking Him? Are we still trying to "worship" Him? And, especially, what gift are we bringing Him?