This year we celebrate the feast of the Epiphany on January 6. We often have such grandiose thoughts of the Magi (Three Kings) and their gifts. Certainly, they were seekers as we all must be. They brought extravagant gifts: gold, frankincense and myrrh. Or someone has suggested that these could have been rather ordinary gifts: gold flecks found on the ground, incense plucked from a free, myrrh wiped from a thorn bush.
While we could be inclined to wish the absolute best for our tiny King, such lavishness removes them from the realm of the ordinary, leaving us with questions about what we possibly could give. A medieval mystery play has the simple gifts of a bob of cherries, a ball and a pet bird offered instead of extravagant things.
Most importantly, as we stand so close to the new year, what of ourselves can we offer this year?