Monday, December 9, 2013

At Birth The Throne Was Promised

At Birth The Throne Was Promised

         At birth the throne was promised to the first son of a king; a promise that did not even have to be given. It was simply understood by all in the world. It would never be questioned. So as the prince grew, the idea of worth or un-worth never entered his mind. It should not enter yours any longer.

            In the Bible, the three gifts the magi give Jesus are identified as gold, frankincense, and myrrh. In general the three gifts are thought of as:
  • Gold: A valuable and a symbol of kingship on Earth. 
  • Frankincense: A symbol of deity and used as a perfume/incense.
  • Myrrh: Representation that Jesus would one day die, it was used as an embalming oil. 

I read on Spiritual Living 360, an interfaith site, that the fourth gift that the Magi brought is often forgotten. After they honored Jesus with the three traditional gifts to a king, they worshipped him. When they proclaimed that they believed in him, that was the greatest gift. This is one of Hafiz’s few short moral stories, and in it, he is telling us to believe in ourselves. His final sentence is to recognize our own worth and never question it again as we go forth into the world. 

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