You know the story of the gift of the Magi found in the Bible? We’ve heard it again and again, and still I am in awe as I picture the kings from foreign lands coming to pay homage to the little baby born in the little town of Bethlehem. Located just outside Jerusalem, Bethlehem is under Palestinian authority today. Land over there has a way of switching hands, but for Israel “day ain’t over yet.”
The Bible doesn’t support the story of the Three Wise Women. But I read something someone had written which caused me to wonder how the story would have been altered had a woman produced this Journey from the East:
“Do you know what would have happened if there had been Three Wise WOMEN instead of Three Wise MEN?
The WOMEN would have:
– Asked directions, – Arrived on time,
– Helped deliver the baby,
– Cleaned the stable,
– Made a casserole, and
– Brought practical gifts (like diapers!)
Though women didn’t have much of a Biblical role, Mary takes the top position for female adoration. I imagine she had a tough time balancing her very pregnant body on top of a donkey, while she and her husband road-tripped to Bethlehem. There was no water to boil, no sanitary standards at all in the barn, and the epidural wouldn’t be invented for another 2,000 years. But I’m certain she suffered through it all with a great attitude. Makes me so proud to be a woman.
Whether you’re a Magi or a Magi-ette, or a shepherd or a spectator, take this time to celebrate Christmas with your family, or with the homeless, or sick, or friendless. You don’t have to have a title to be ‘the giver of good gifts.’ A word of encouragement can work Magi-cally!
Merry Christmas from Dawn, Ron, Tyler, Trenton and Colton, with sweet memories of Ryan, our first born.