Seventeenth Day of Advent, 2013
After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem… . On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. (Matthew 2:1, 11 NIV)
We’re all acquainted with the gifts of the Magi. But do we know where they come from, what they’re used for, and what they symbolize?
Frankincense derives from a milky white resin extracted from species of the genus Boswellia, which thrive in arid, cool areas of the Arabian Peninsula, East Africa and India.
Myrrh is a reddish resin that comes from species of the genus Commiphora, which are native to northeast Africa and the adjacent areas of the Arabian Peninsula.
Enjoy the sounds of Christmas as you prepare for Jesus’ Second Advent.
See you in a twinkling,
Brenda K. Hendricks