The Christmas season is over and a new year has been birthed. Many traveled a long way to be with family and friends. Coming home means putting away all of the trappings of the celebration: the worn nativity scene on the mantle, simple faded ornaments made by the hands of children, who have long been adults, and strings of lights that next year will take time and patience to untangle. With the close of this season of comfort and joy of tradition, there may be a need for something fresh and new!
A New Start
Matthew 2: 10 – 11
And they came into the house and saw the child with Mary His mother; and they fell down and worshiped Him; and opening their treasures they presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. And having been warned by God in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed for their own country by another way. NAS
A Seeker’s Reflection
“By some we are known as Magi; by others wise men; and still others kings. Scholars have speculated about our number, our origin and position; some have given us names. There is one thing for certain…we are searchers. We each began the journey determined to find the one announced in the heavens.
Each examined his treasury carefully before choosing. Not any gift would do, this was an offering to unknown royalty in a distant rule. GOLD: the most precious of metals; FRANKINCENSE: fragrant resins used in worship, burned in honor of kings; MYRRH: a perfume used in embalming and an ingredient of holy anointing oil.
Each selection was taken from the choicest reserve. Each was an act of respect and homage to an heir apparent, the Crowned Prince. As generous as these gifts were, they were but trinkets in comparison to the gift that would have most honored the infant King: our hearts, our lives and our all.”
They came searching with expectations and hope, but what they found changed all they knew. In more than one sense, they went home a new way! If we encountered Immanuel [Christ with us] this Christmas, then we will be committed to going home new ways.
Changed lifestyles, with a new commitment to be good stewards of what God has entrusted to us; seeking to treat our bodies as the temple of God.
Changed disciplines, with a new commitment to challenge our minds with classic truths and fresh perspectives; seeking to strengthen the pool of personal knowledge.
Changed hearts, with a new commitment to aggressively care for others; seeking the best for others while we pursue a personal balanced life.
Changed faith, with a commitment to live life empowered by the Spirit of God and not just by our personal best; seeking to find strength in God’ s Word and among His people.
Traditions are wonderfully comforting. But there are turning points on the road we travel and sometimes we determine that we should “go a new way!”
Dr. Bill Heston
Bill Heston works on the staff of First Presbyterian Church of Houston