“And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto Him gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.” (Matthew 2:11)
On Epiphany we celebrate the faith of the Three Kings who traveled from the East (a long journey) to worship Jesus, the Prince of Peace. To lay before the child Jesus, they brought high value gifts: gold, frankincense and myrrh.
(These gifts most likely funded Joseph and Mary’s flight from Herod to Egypt and helped them set up a carpentry shop and get by there for a few years.)
This Feast of Epiphany proffers the question: what gifts can we bring to lay before Jesus?
Our time, talents, hearts, minds, lives, our obedience (always a tough one), our hopes and dreams… ourselves.
At the beginning of this New Year, it’s something to contemplate.
Can we give Jesus our best gifts (the best bits of us) at the start of each day, not what’s leftover when the day is done?
Everything – work, play, gifts and talents inclusive – can be as a gift if done for Him.
The most precious gift, however, we can give Jesus is Love. Which gets kind of confusing since His presence in us is all about His love in us, but maybe the way we give Him love is the way we share His love with others?
The way we are His love in this whacked out world?
Love emboldened with the gold of compassion, frankincense of joy, and myrrh of healing perseverance.
grace, peace & precious gifts
Virginia : )
“God wants us to see the Epiphanies of God and in time, become Epiphanies ourselves.” Larry Gillick, S.J.
Beautiful post! Thank you Virginia! A blessed feast of the Epiphany of the Lord to you and your loves ones! ❤
Thank you, Patty. Wishing you Christ’s wisdom & joy & peace & lots of LOVE!! 🌟📚🌟🌷🌟🕊🌟💜🌟
In my latest post about Epiphany, I asked,”What’s your gift to the world?”. Of course love is a constant given. Thanks Virginia for this lovely post and I love your photos.
Many thanks, Arlene. I took that love gift photo at church after midnight mass Christmas Eve (actually Christmas day, since it was after 1:00AM.) Dot, a dear family friend, made those precious blue wisemen over 30 years ago for my parents along with the gold tree & other holiday treasures we pack carefully away each year. Blessings & hugs! 🌟💜🌟🤗🌟💜🌟
They are lovely Christmas decor Virginia. A blessed week ahead.
You too, Arlene! Blessings! 🕊🌟🕊
Great post, Ginny❣️
Thank you, Cin, for being God’s gift of love to your sis in so many ways! Hugs! 🌟💜🌟🙏🌟💜🌷🌟
This is lovely, Virginia! Do you do the House Blessing on Epiphany? It’s an old custom but a nice one to remind ourselves to dedicate ourselves and our homes to God. https://onepeterfive.com/the-chalking-of-the-doors-an-epiphany-tradition-explained/
Father Peter (one of our Ghanaian priests) mentioned the House Blessing tradition on Sunday. He said to use holy water & say the prayers etc. Thanks for the link, Debbie. Blessings!!🙏 🌟🏡🌟🙏
Without love, no human can survive. love holds us together. Thanks Virginia for sharing this beautiful post 🙂
Love is the Big Deal for all of us, DigiThanks – and gratitude is another biggie that keeps love alive in our hearts. Blessings! 🌟🌷💜🌷🌟
love this post-and now you have inspired me to do better in my giving-to present my offerings to the Most Highest-Thank you!
Michele, whatever we do for others (methinks you do lots) is an offering to the Most Highest – especially if done with love. Something that seems to overflow @ your rabbit patch. Hugs!🌟 🌷💕🌷🌟