Source: What is Myrrh?
Myrrh is an oil and in Christ’s time it was used as an anointing oil and was one of the most desired and most expensive items in the known world at that time.
Myrrh is extracted from the sap or resins of the plants of the Burseracea trees, found in Yemen, Somalia, and Socotra Island.
In Greek mythology, the goddess Myrrha was turned into a Myrrh tree and the trees sap is said to be her tears.
Myrrh was historically used as a cure for cancer, leprosy and as an embalming agent; which may be a symbolism that the three wise man gave as a sign of his eventual crucifixion, death and resurrection.
How will you give your gift of Myrrh?
Frankincense is harvested from the sap of the Boswellia tree that is found mainly in Somalia, Southern Arabia, and Ethiopia.
The oil that is distilled form this resin is often regarded as on of the gifts that was given to Christ at his birth. In fact there are more than 52 references to frankincense in the Bible.
Frankincense is a holy oil in the Middle East. As an ingredient in the holy incense, it was used anciently during sacrificial ceremonies to help improve communication with the Creator. In medicine it is used as a treatment for asthma, depression, and ulcers.
Primarily frankincense is used in perfumes and as an essential oil in aromatherapy.
How will you share your frankincense?
What is gold?
Gold is a very soft yet dense metal. Its elemental symbol is AU which comes from the Greek for “Sunshine Glow”.
Gold has some strange and unique physical properties that make it very valuable. One once of gold can be stretched into a strand almost 50 miles in length. Gold is very electrically and thermally conducive. One more fact, gold doesn’t oxidize or “Rust”.
Gold is scare although not the scarcest on the planet. The earth holds roughly 5.5 billion ounces of gold total.
What will you do with your “Gold” envelope?
MATTHEW 2:11 GIFT EXCHANGE
Matthew 2:11 KJV
“And when they (the wise men) were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, frankincense, and myrrh.”
Can one person really make a difference? Can one person positively affect the lives of others? I believe the answer is yes. If the power of one is mighty, what power would a group of likeminded individuals be capable of?
I challenge you to participate in the Matthew 2:11 gift exchange. Just as the wise men gave gifts to our infant savior, let us give also.
The premise is simple,
Step 1. Take three envelopes and label separately, one “Gold”, one “Frankincense”, and the last one “Myrrh”.
Step 2. Inside each of the envelopes place a dollar or two, or even one hundred, depending on what your heart leads you to do,
Step 3. Add a note telling the recipient to post a message to Facebook Community ” Matthew 2:11 Gifts” telling how the gift made a difference in your life.
Step 4. Give those envelopes away.
Give one to a friend in need, one to a local charity, one to your local library. Be original, give the gift of gold, frankincense, and myrrh to whomever you feel will benefit the most from it. It can be the local Salvation Army kettle, your local church or Sunday school, even to a complete stranger, the choice is yours. Who will be the recipient of your gift of gold, frankincense and myrrh?
We never know the path that others are traveling, their path may be smooth and scenic, or their path may be rough and dusty. Some paths are lonely, some congested, and some are dark and frightening. Some paths are new, some are soon ending. Only the traveler and God knows the path they are on. A simple gift may be all that is needed, or maybe it is just the thought that will brighten the traveler’s day.
What do you do if you are presented with or you discover a gift of gold, frankincense, or myrrh?
Step 1. Thank the giver and/or thank God for the blessing.
Step 2. Decide
Yes, or No. Do I need a gift in my life right now?
Yes, accept it gracefully and put it to good use, the gift is yours.
No, I have plenty in my life right now, give it away just like you did with the others.
The Choice is yours, no questions asked.
I have set up a Facebook page called Matthew 2:11 Gifts, please share your experiences and thoughts as we go through the process and then starting Christmas Eve through Christmas Day, share the changes that these gifts brought you in both giving and receiving and we will see what a bug difference just one person can really make.
Merry Christmas and God Bless