A few days ago, on January 6th, we observed the Christian holiday “Epiphany” which marks the day that the three wisemen, bearing gifts for the newborn king, came to see baby Jesus in the manger at Bethlehem. Epiphany is also known as Three Kings Day and also marks the final celebratory day of the Christian holiday season — and the official “take down your Christmas tree” day.
As I boxed up Christmas, I focused on my most treasured decoration — the hand carved nativity set given to me by my father years ago. He carved each figure with precision and perfection. I carefully wrapped each piece and when I came to the wisemen, I reflected on their journey and the gifts they brought to Jesus so long ago.
My most treasured decoration
I held the little wooden manger with the delicately carved baby Jesus in my hands and carefully turned it over to read the special message my dad had carved on it. It read: “To Katie, Love Dad.” I felt a twinge of sadness as I pondered my dad and the strong hands that so lovingly had made these figurines; every detail spoke of his love for me. I will treasure this special gift forever.
Baby Jesus and manger
My nativity set carved by my dad
The last picture I took with my dad❤️
I reflected on the symbolism of this precious gift. Our Heavenly Father has given us the greatest gift: Jesus. I am inspired to share Him with everyone and not only at Christmas. The gift of Jesus and the grace He brings is one that we can keep on giving every day of the year.
I have come up with some ways we can share the gift of grace with those around us starting this New Year.
In conclusion, as we embark on this new year let’s be encouraged to share Jesus and give the gift of grace to those around us every day of the year!