Good News C6
The Epiphany of the Lord
The Three Wisemen came to
The old man brought gold to
You have “gold” to give God, today. Gold is the money you earn by doing chores to put in the collection to help your church get a new furnace. Gold is the time you spend helping your younger brother who is having trouble with his math, even though you want to watch your favorite football team on television. Gold is finding a peaceful way to solve a problem between you and your best friend when you would really like to punch her in the nose. When you give your talent, your time, and your money to God and his people, you are giving to God.
You have “frankincense” to give God today. Frankincense is the prayer you say for the people you love. Frankincense is the prayer you say for the people you don’t understand. Frankincense is when you read the Bible. Frankincense is when you obey the commandments of God. Frankincense is when you pray that God send help to those you cannot help. Frankincense is when you praise your God as a loving God. Frankincense is when you are thankful to God for all he has given you.
You have “myrrh” to give God, today. Myrrh is when you follow in the path that God has chosen for you. Myrrh is when you offer all of your sickness and suffering to God. Myrrh is when you are truly sorry when you go take an exit off God’s interstate highway and hurt yourself and others. Myrrh is when you cry at injustice and do what God wants you to do to make things right. Myrrh is when you accept that you are not perfect and still love yourself and others. Myrrh is when you forgive yourself and others.
Pray the Our Father.
“Our Father, who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be Thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day, our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.”
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