Archive for December 4th, 2016


Jesus on the cross

near the end of life.

water is offered

it would only satisfy temporarily.

vinegar was given

a sour taste in his mouth,

increasing his suffering in his last hours.

the sour effects of some gifts,

even if given with a good pure heart,

sour is sour.

at his birth the gifts were gold, frankinsence and myrrh.

those gifts, although not “baby safe”,

gave and enhanced his real life.

the gifts of the Maggi

given by strangers,

yet these wise men understood what was needed for life.


gold, frankincense and myrrh they were expensive, valuable, extravagant

but, the givers knew they would give life.

Gold, because of it’s value, could be sold.

Frankincense and Myrrh

astringents, and more,

would be used each day, to improve life.

do we give gifts that are life-giving?

or ones that leave a sour taste in our mouths?

As we continue to walk through this advent season,

may we, in anticipation of the greatest gift of love,

consider giving gifts that are life-giving.

not sour, but ever lastly sweet.



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