When they had heard the king, they departed; and lo, the star which they saw in the east, went before them, until it came and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child, with Mary his mother, and fell down and worshiped him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.
I love this line from the movie “Nativity Story”. I think it justly sums up the gifts presented to the Christ child. “Gold, for the King of kings. Frankincense, for the Priest of priests, and myrrh, for the sacrifice He will make.” What a beautiful summary of our Lord. The wise men brought gifts to the Child in the manger. We remember them by giving gifts of our own.
This Christmas, honor the wise men by making it a point to give a gift to someone you don’t know who might be in need of some extra love. Take cookies to a nursing home, make one of the candle jars or projects out of used Christmas cards and deliver them to a homeless shelter. Gather up some toys and donate them to Salvation Army. Step outside of yourself and give. You’ll be glad you did.