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|What we now have may be biggest gift|
I, like most of you, have heard of gold, frankincense and myrrh all of my life. These were the gifts brought to the Christ child by the wise men. Most of us add this scene in with our other Christmas decorations. However, the Christian calendar brings an individual focus to this event on Jan. 6 (known as "Epiphany of the Lord"). With Jan. 5 completing our 12 days of Christmas, Epiphany brings a wonderful opportunity for each of us to contemplate the renewal and commitments we will consider during the New Year.
I remember as a child hearing someone preach about the gifts. They were described as "unpractical." The preacher went on to suggest that diapers, food and blankets would better suit the child. Even though I didn't know much about Frankincense and Myrrh, I did know about gold. I'm sure the preacher taught a valuable lesson with his viewpoint, but I must have dozed off before he got to it.
Even though I own nothing that is made of pure gold, I do know that it is considered precious and valuable (and can buy a lot of diapers, food and blankets!) We know from history's accounts of the California gold-rush that it is not always easy to find. I cannot imagine the patience it must take to dig through rock after rock in search of the golden nugget. Neither can I imagine actually finding pure gold. I do know, however, how exciting it is to find my car keys. There's no telling what I would do if I run across a pan full of gold.
For the full column, see Page 5A of this week's Citizen.
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Jo Ann Cooper is a United Methodist pastor of the LA Conference.