Giving Like Magi
by Rev. Randy Quinn
Most of you know
exactly what it’s like because you’ve done it before. But if
you’ve never done it, you can probably imagine what it’s like.
You take the time to purchase some gifts – special gifts; maybe
several gifts. You carefully wrap them and pack them into the
trunk of the car. Then you choose clothes and pack them into
suitcases and squeeze them in and around the presents.
The hardest part
might be making sure the kids have their suitcases packed – as
well as whatever games and books they may want to take with
When everything is
packed, you “hit the road.” You may be going to “grandmother’s
house” or you may be going to see your brother-in-law. You may
make the entire trip in the car; it’s also likely you will find
yourself changing from car to bus or train or even airplane.
The cost of the gifts may become insignificant compared to the
cost of transportation, depending upon how far or how long you
will be traveling.
How many of you
have ever done that? How many have never done that?
Most of us have at some point in our lives. We may plan our
trip to coincide with Christmas, but it may also be an early or
a late celebration because the costs of plane tickets are so
high – or there are other places and other family celebrations
we have to attend.
Maybe for you it
was a different kind of celebration altogether. On my way back
from Ft. Worth in December, for instance, I spoke with someone
who had gone to Dallas to help celebrate a friend’s 60th
wedding anniversary. They flew down in the morning and came
home that same evening. I don’t know what kind of presents they
took with them, but there wasn’t any luggage to worry about with
that kind of a trip!
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