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.


All stable witnesses did sense

that Mary held a newborn prince,

so gold—it seemed a natural choice,

but why the myrrh and frankincense?


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.


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.


Yet somehow this king understood

before the child’s family ever would

that life would demand sacrifice

and death upon a cross of wood.


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.


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.


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.


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.



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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