There is one week left in the Christmas season. We still get together with family and friends who we couldn't see on Christmas. The gatherings we have and the exchange of presents is truly an example of love.
As we celebrate the Epiphany, we hear to what great lengths the wise men went to present Jesus with gifts. They were led to Jesus by following a star. Then they had to return home a different way to avoid King Herod. Although the wise men gave Jesus gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh, so much of their gift was what they endured to see the newborn king.
I once read a story called The Gift of the Magi. It is about a young married couple named Jim and Dela. They are poor but very much in love. As Christmas approaches, Dela would like to give Jim a watch chain for his gold watch. She doesn't have enough money so she cuts off her beautiful long hair and sells it to buy a chain for Jim's watch.
When Dela gives Jim the chain on Christmas, he gets choked up. That is because he was giving her a set of beautiful combs for her long hair. Some may find this surprise ending to be tragic but most people consider it beautiful. What makes it beautiful is not the gifts, but the love that the gifts symbolize. Christmas celebrates God's love for us. Although the Christmas season ends in another week, we're always receiving God's love. As we've enjoyed time with family and friends and have exchanged gifts with one another, let's remember what makes this beautiful is not the gifts we've exchanged, but the love that the gifts symbolize.
Sincerely in Christ,