Daily Devotion – January 6, 2018

Matthew 2:11-12

On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure-chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.

Devotion by Lynne Buell

As my faith journey continues, I find myself questioning some of the minor (or maybe not so minor) details of scripture.  For example, what did Mary do with the extravagant gifts that the three wise men presented during their visit?  After doing a Google search, I read a few commentaries about possible uses for the gold, frankincense, and myrrh that Mary took advantage of.  Each scenario made perfect sense to me, and each situation alluded to Mary being a penny-wise, thrifty, and logical woman.

Jesus is our gift from God; a gift that should be cherished and praised throughout our lifetime.  God presented Jesus to us to make us happy, to love one another, and to turn the world into a peaceful place where we all can live freely.  Let’s extend the happiness to everyone we encounter beyond the Christmas season, beginning with today.


Gracious God, I thank you for this day and for your never-ending love.  Amen.


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