The age old question of what do we bring as an offering to Christ. I believe I have been asked that every year at Christmas time. How about you?
Another Christmas season is here and Christmas day is fast approaching. Are you like me, Mrs. Grinch, or are you like my father who loved Christmas. It was his favorite time of the year and I remember many Christmases sitting by the tree opening our gifts, talking, and laughing. Later in the day, dad would hook up the sled to the tractor and around and around we would go in the snow. Ham dinner cooking in the kitchen; the smell drifting through the house; games to be played and aunt and uncle coming up the drive way to spend the day with us. Sometimes I wish I could go back to being a child on Christmas Day instead of being Mrs. Grinch. Oh, I do ok on Christmas Day it is just the weeks and days before. I have gifts to purchase…just the right one. Wrapping the gifts, setting up the tree and decoration, you know all the adult things we do to make the day special for those we love.
For whatever reason, this Christmas season I feel God is leading me to focus my attention more on the Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh. Now I don’t know what that means for me in the days ahead but my eyes, ears, and heart are open to receive that which my Father chooses to give me this season of celebrating His birth. Maybe that is my gift to Him. Eyes, ears, and heart to be open to receive what He has for me and icing on the birthday cake-my obedience.
Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh I have discovered were gifts symbolizing the three aspects of Christ’s future life. Gold, representing kingship, frankincense meaning worship, and myrrh death and mourning.
So my question to you this Christmas, Is God your Lord of Lords (gold)? Do you worship him in spirit and in truth? (frankincense) Are you grateful for the death of Christ? The price He paid for you and I. (myrrh) Do you mourn the death of non-believers who do not know Christ and will spend eternity in hell?
So, ladies, join me in opening your eyes, ears, and heart to receive what God has for you this Christmas Season and how you can give back what you learn to those around you. Join me in thankfulness for the Christ child’s birth, his life, death on the Christ, and the tomb being empty.
May each of you be a sweet fragrance to Christ this Christmas!
With much love for you and yours,
Nancy Shanks, President of ABW of Oregon
This is my second year as your president and I want each of you to know how much I appreciate your patience, understanding, and support as I continue to learn the responsibilities of leading the great women of Oregon. A special thanks goes out to ABW of Oregon board for their dedication and help.
Our theme for this year is "Feel the hope". Do we not need to have hope? Our nation is so divined, families are becoming divided and at times we even see churches becoming divided.
We must remember that our hope is found in Jesus Christ and not in the things of this world. May we as Christian women be a pillar of hope and not division in this dark world.