“On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshipped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts….” (Matthew 2:11)
“The Carol of the Drummer Boy” is a song that always captures Christmas for me. The awe of standing before an infant king overwhelms the young visitor in this musical story. I imagine a ten-year-old boy in worn out garments staring wide eyed at the baby Jesus. The sudden awareness of the rich gifts of the Magi leave him embarrassed and intimidated, but a smile from the manger keeps him from leaving and gives him courage to give all that he has: his best song. That’s what an encounter with the king does: it inspires our best. For the wise men, it was precious metal, fine oils, and perfumes given in humility; for the poor boy, it was his talent offered in worship. Still today, we are faced with the dilemma of what to give in response to the gift of God’s Son. Whatever it is can be no less than our best.
Instead of frantically searching for gifts for relatives, consider sponsoring a child in their name. Contact an organization such as Children of Promise.