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Presents for Jesus--by Wendelijn Sloof

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“They came into the house and saw the young child with Mary, his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Opening their treasures, they offered to him gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.” (Matthew 2:11 NIV)

When the wise men came into the house, the first thing they saw was Jesus and then Mary.  They worshipped Him and then offered the first Christmas gifts ever! And what a remarkable gifts they were to give a little baby. Even more remarkable is the deep meaning of each gift. We, too, can follow the wise men’s example in giving Jesus the same gifts. Let’s take a look at each of the gifts.

Gold represents the majesty and dominion of Jesus as a KING. Frankincense depicts the symbol for prayer and offering showing Jesus as HIGH PRIEST. Myrrh is very expensive, used for embalming, and is a bitter herb used during the Passover meal. (Not your typical baby shower gift!) Myrrh represents suffering and sacrifice showing Jesus as the LAMB.

The Gold is Jesus’ FUTURE reign as King of K…

Erector Sets--The Gift of Regifting

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Do you regift? Be honest!  How many times have you received a gift; then recycled it into a gift for someone else?  There are a few ways to look at this habit:  A)Tacky, B)Eco-Friendly, or C)God Ordained.

Perhaps it would be tacky to regift that presidential chia pet.  'W' is so four years ago.  It might be considered eco-friendly if it is a fruitcake.  Goodness knows those take up a lot of landfill space and are not biodegradable.  However, have you ever considered that a certain type of regifting might actually be God ordained?

Let me explain.

Hubby had a selection of, shall we say, antique toys.  Okay, okay, they were antiques because they were his 'special friends' back in the 70's.  In this secret cache of toys, lay hidden treasures for little boys from 0 - 100: a genuine mark one Erector set, first run Legos, Fisher Price adventure time jeep, pontoon boat with attachable Fantasy Island water plane, a real ee gauge train set with transistor control, a log cab…