poetry

three gifts in One

The eastborn kings brought special gifts

of gold, of myrrh, of frankincense,

which held much deeper symbol than

the givers’ stately opulence.

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All stable witnesses did sense

that Mary held a newborn prince,

so gold—it seemed a natural choice,

but why the myrrh and frankincense?

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Perhaps the second wise man knew

the kinds of works the child would do—

to serve as priest, to read the Law,

light incense as the holy do.

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But present three made Joseph take

a darker look at Jesus’s face,

for precious oils like myrrh were used

to prepare bodies for the grave.

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Yet somehow this king understood

before the child’s family ever would

that life would demand sacrifice

and death upon a cross of wood.

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And Jesus did as Priest-King serve

to live and preach the Holy Word;

not only this, he–sinless–dragged

our rebel souls back to the Lord.

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But in His body, He did bear

the wounds we sinners never share.

He came, He died, He made a way;

His soul, for us, formed heaven’s stairs.

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So let’s thank God for presents—three!—

foretelling love and Satan’s tree.

The gift God gave at Christmastime

was Jesus Christ who sets us free.

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And let’s with Mary ponder Him

who by His love makes dark grow dim,

and all year, treasure Him who is

our gold, our myrrh, our frankincense.

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2 thoughts on “three gifts in One

  1. You’re such a beautiful and deep person, my precious daughter. You bless me and so many others with your writings. God has such great plans for you and I just love watching them all fall into place, little by little. Keep writing, keep shining. I love you.

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