Today we celebrate Epiphany regarding the Magi or Wise Men coming to see Jesus, seen in Matt 2:1-12.
Who do you see God to be and what do you believe He has really done for you?
Gods in the ancient world were not the object of enthusiastic pursuit. People sought the gods for protection and assistance, not relationship.
Thinking of the wise men’s gifts to Jesus, let us consider ways we can be givers, stewards, of time, talent, and treasure.
There are groups of people. Some are givers, asking if I don’t give who else will give; takers, who ask if I don’t take care of me who else will; and matchers, who want to feel fair, and give some back to feel even.
The wise men gave intentionally, traveling a distance, to give in a deliberate intended way.
The wise men gave extravagantly, not bringing left overs or non precious things. These were special not routine gifts. May we do this also, as God calls us. There ought to be things we should like to do but cannot because our giving excludes them.
The wise men gave together, as a group. Multiple givers make us able to do more. Many hands make light work.
They also gave joyfully, which may be hard for us to connect with. God loves a cheerful giver.
Here is the bulletin for this week.