They opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh. Matthew 2:11
The season of rejoicing is upon us. We will join together to be uplifted by the carols, to be cheered by the holiday greens and most of all, to celebrate the holy pageant –- the birth of Christ! Although The Little Drummer Boy is not part of the biblical narrative, I am very fond of him. Unlike the Wise Men with their gifts of great treasure, he made music for the newborn. He gave from his heart just as Jesus bids each of us to care for one another.
Eight years ago my husband survived a major stroke which left him in a wheelchair and totally dependent. Family and friends have been by our side throughout. In addition, the unexpected kindness of strangers has brightened our world. Doors have been opened for us and store carts pushed; his wheelchair has been lifted into the car trunk. A diner treated us to breakfast; a new neighbor shoveled our drive; a lady hugged me – and so much more! We have been truly blessed by each of these heartfelt actions.
Today, when commercial Santa seems more of a presence than the newborn baby Jesus, let us remember that the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost treasure those gifts that come from the heart much more than gifts of electronics, toys and jewelry.
Prayer: Father, Thank you for those among us who spread sunshine and love. Help us to follow their lead. Amen.