Dec
23

Seeing Christmas Through the Gift of Myrrh

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myrrhI love meaningful gifts. What’s a meaningful gift? For me, it’s a gift that says you know me. You understand at least some of the essence of who I am. And it cannot be dishtowels. My hubby and kids all know that I hate getting dishtowels for Christmas (lol, can you tell that I get dishtowels every year from a certain beloved relative?)

 
The magi brought meaningful gifts to Jesus. Jesus, being just a small child, certainly couldn’t grasp the significance of the gifts but yet they were deeply meaningful. They were prophetic gifts. Frankincense, gold, and myrrh.
 
I wonder if Joseph and Mary kept the gifts, thought on their meaning, or perhaps, re-gifted? Nah…
 
This morning I’ve been pondering the gift of myrrh.
 
Myrrh is derived from tree sap. A tree is wounded, repeatedly, pierced to locate the resin deep inside the tree. The resin then begins to ooze from the cut, dripping out in tear-formed drops which are left to harden on the tree. Later this hardened resin is collected and transformed into something useful. Although myrrh tastes bitter, its fragrance is incredibly beautiful. In the days of Jesus, it was often used in burial and many times symbolized death.
 
How beautifully this gift spoke of Jesus’ life and death!
 
Does it speak of your life?
 
Have you been wounded in this life? Pierced deeply? Repeatedly?  Do you have a bitter taste in your mouth from the woundedness?
 
How can your deep woundedness become a lovely fragrance?
 
Well, just like myrrh, it is a process that takes time. It costs. The process may involve pain, suffering, bitterness, and hardening, but God’s refining applied to the essence that flows out of our wounded places, can create an aroma that rises from our lives that is a gift. A gift to ourselves, a gift to others, and a gift to God.
 
Have the wounded places in your life become gifts?
What a great time to ponder the gift that we now have and enjoy that flows out of his wounds.

 

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Comments

  1. Cynthia Jackson says:

    Love this Mikki and love your perspectives on painful issues,I do love your blog:)

  2. Terri Wardlaw says:

    And he catches every tear of ours in a bottle! They are precious to Him! What an incredibly awesome God we are honored to walk with, and He engages our lives and turns everything the enemy meant for harm into GOOD! His mercies are new EVERY morning! We say that but deeper revelation through the journey is so powerful…no words for these revelatory moments with Him! an intimate knowing between you and Him! He is incredible… good just touches the surface…I love you! Have awesome days celebrating this Life He gives us freely! May He give you kisses surrounding you with His life in new and wonderful measures! Our God reigns!! MERRY Christmas!!!!

  3. Noemi says:

    “It costs. The process may involve pain, suffering, bitterness, and hardening, but God’s refining applied to the essence that flows out of our wounded places, can create an aroma that rises from our lives that is a gift.” -> Once again, a perfectly-timed post for me. I was just thinking how this Christmas has been the most painful for me, but your post reminds me that good can come out of times like these. Thank you for your insights.

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