On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Matthew 2:10-11
The Eleventh Gift of Christmas: Comfort
One of my favorite aspects of Christmas, and winter in general, is cozying up in a soft blanket by a roaring fireplace. To me, no other scenario epitomizes comfort so well. It seems a little ironic, however, that, given the circumstances of the first Christmas, comfort is one of the primary gifts we can glean from it. The prophecies that foretold this baby’s birth called him a comforter.
Somehow, I think of great discomfort when I think of a donkey ride while pregnant, a birth in a dirty stable and a hay-filled manger for a nursery. Even in these extreme circumstances, God delivers comfort to this little holy family.
Remember those wise men? Those learned, distinguished men who traveled miles and miles to bring this little baby gifts that his earthly parents could never have anticipated or expected! Gold, frankincense, myrrh! Each of these was indulgent. They were expensive. And can you imagine the degree of comfort they must have brought to those new, tired, worn-out parents?
This holiday season, don’t let the stuff of the holidays steal your comfort or peace. Allow God to quiet your spirit, to indulge your heart in a hug of divine peace. And then share it. Countless men, women, and children will be experiencing this holiday season in a refugee camp or in an area that used to be their home but was decimated by a disaster of some kind or another. You can send comfort to these people! Through the BGR Gift Catalog, you can send a blanket and share love, peace and the comfort of our Heavenly Father with another in need this Christmas.
Lord, thank you for remembering our need for comfort and assurance. Thank you for providing for Mary and Joseph, much how you provide for me. Lord, help me remember to take part in your peace and allow your love to envelop me in the comfort of eternal assurance. For those who don’t know comfort or peace right now, help me be your hands and feet. Take my gifts and let them become the love of Jesus to a cold child or a hurting family. Thank you for being the great Comforter. Please help me share the Comfort I know with a world in need.