Are you overwhelmed with all the gifts you need to buy in the next few weeks?
Some will shop all year and stash away purchases to simplify December shopping. Others begin in early fall determined to be finished by Thanksgiving. My Dad used to rush to the mall on his way home from work on Christmas Eve to buy a last-minute special something for my Mom.
Whatever your Christmas gift shopping routine, I want to share a way to lessen your stress and simplify the gift giving process with a tradition we began several years ago.
I have a post over at 5 Minutes for Faith titled:
How the Gifts of the Magi Simplified our Christmas
We were ready for a change, and this three gift approach was perfect.
Please click on the title link to read all the details.
Here at CMB, I want to tell you a little more about the Wise Men.
The word Magi, comes from the Greek word “magus” meaning, wise men. We don’t know if they understood who it was they came seeking. We know they traveled from the East – Media, Persia, Assyria, or Babylon. We know they were religious scholars, who may have learned Old Testament prophecy from those who heard it during the time the Jews were exiled in Babylon.
I see him, but not here and now. I perceive him, but far in the distant future. A star will rise from Jacob; a scepter will emerge from Israel.
The Wise Men were watching the skies.
Matthew 2 says:
Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod. About that time some wise men from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw His star as it rose, and we have come to worship Him.” v. 1-2
And the star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem. It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were filled with joy! v. 9-10
The Wise Men were seekers. Seekers led to the Christ-child.
Seekers are led. Seekers find.
Everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. Matthew 7:8
Keep seeking Him, dear ones. Never stop. God is faithful. He keeps His promises. Those who seek, find.
Seek the One who is wooing and calling you. He loves You so much.
Find the blessing of worshipping and trusting the Babe of Bethlehem.
Simplify and bless your Christmas celebration by making Him your focus.