COLUMN: Gold, frankincense and myrrh: Quite a story, isn't it?

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By Shirley Jones

 They presented gifts to him: gold, frankincense and myrrh. Matthew 2:11

In the Christmas story we learn that:

• God can use people you don’t know to bless you. The wise men weren’t devout Jews or committed Christians, but Persian stargazers. Don’t be selective – you’ll tie God’s hands. Open your heart and you’ll start seeing him reaching out to you through the most interesting people.

• God can take care of your tomorrows. Joseph and Mary would have to leave home and flee to Egypt. What would they live on? Gold, frankincense and myrrh, gifts only the rich can give.

When you’re in the will of God, he will provide for you. He may do it through your job or the generosity of others but he will do it.

You don’t have to stay up all night worrying, trying to figure out how to make ends meet. The Psalmist said, “I have been young and now am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken nor his seed begging bread” Psalm 37:25.

• God can override the system and get you the help you need. God moved a star like we move a pawn in a chess game. That’s because he “worketh all things after the counsel of his own will” Ephesians 1:11.

The story reads, “When they had come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother and fell down and worshipped him. And when they had moved their treasures, they presented gifts to him: gold, frankincense and myrrh.

Quite a story, isn’t it?

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.