“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, frankincense, and myrrh” (Mat 2:11).
On this Christmas Eve, many of us are probably scrambling for that perfect last-minute gift. My husband left our home early this morning to brave the cold rain and busy stores and city streets to get just such a gift for me. My mind also reflects on another time when we give gifts, as I think of those close to us who are expecting their first child in the coming year. Again, we search for that perfect gift for the expectant parents and their new son or daughter. These gifts may only be treasured for a season, but during this time let us also remember the perfect and treasured gift of Christ.
I imagine the time of Christ’s birth was equally as busy, and the world receiving this miraculous gift was unprepared to unwrap it.
As we reflect on giving and new birth, I wonder if you would give a different kind of Christmas gift this year. In honor of Christ’s birth, someone you know expecting a child, or even your own child, would you give the gift of life and hope to mothers and their babies living in extreme poverty? Like Jesus’ mother Mary, these mother’s may feel unprepared to face all that lies ahead.
This Christmas, may we give and receive with hearts of worship to the king who came to give his life, and may our hearts be fit to be his home, as he brings peace amidst the chaos of this not-so-silent night.