By Gina McGinnis
Gina McGinnis and has been a part of VU since 2013. She is from Mexico, MO and after going to Northwest MO State for Undergraduate and Loyola University Chicago for Graduate school her path led Gina back to Mid-Missouri in 2010. She absolutely LOVES Columbia, especially enjoys easy access to the MKT which connects to the famous Katy Trail. Gina thinks nothing is sweeter than being outside.
Beginning around Mid-December my church has a tradition called Lessons & Carols which involves reading sections from the Bible that bring attention to Jesus coming to earth and his foretold birth. We sing songs about the depth of God’s Love, sending Himself in the person of Jesus as a baby. It is miraculous!
Reading and singing Lessons & Carols each year brings a pause to the commotion of cookie baking and egg nog drinking, even if just for an hour.
I was feeling hopeful and expectant as this tradition is something I have come to enjoy over the last three years. This being the fourth year, I am familiar with the lessons and reading in front of my church community, which is why it was surprising at what happened next: emotion came over me.
My eyes began filling with tears of adoration and awe at the scene being set in the passage from Matthew 2: 1-11. Wise men traveling far, seeking out the prophesied baby, the king of the Jews, so that they could worship the long awaited savior by bringing treasured gifts. Knowing this Heavenly king that was before them they did these things, and it makes me consider, How far will I go to seek this king? What will I bring to worship him?
As the words “bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts. . .” left my lips, my heart began breaking open with an invitation to do the same thing that the wise men did thousands of years ago: bring what I consider most precious and lay it down before Christ the King.
The Christmas season can be one of excitement, hustle and bustle, planning the gifts we want to give to our loved ones and typically we are left with no energy and a certain low-grade anger towards Santa and his elves. These to-dos can fill us with stress, a sense of obligation instead of an outpouring of charity. My hope for you dear reader is that you might take a few moments to read the passage in Matthew 2: 1-11 and as you do I pray your heart opens to worship Jesus as the King of your life, offering Him treasures and gifts!
“After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11 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.”