Daily reading: 5 January

They knelt down and paid him homage. 

Something to read

On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure-chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.

Matthew 2:11-12, New Revised Standard Version

Something to think about

It is 12th night tonight, so time to pack away Christmas for another year. But before the tinsel goes into the loft, we look back at the festivities one last time. 

Did you find Jesus anew and worship him? Or was the Christmas special of Call the Midwife the culmination of your day? What did you get for Christmas? Was it down a bit from last year, or did you and yours make a special effort? Were the chocolates Fairtrade and has the gift wrap been recycled? Did you go for Present Aid gifts to make a real difference this Christmas? 

Much meaning has been read into the gifts presented by the wise men. Gold is a valuable commodity and symbol of kingship; frankincense is a perfume and a symbol of a priest; and myrrh is anointing or embalming oil, a symbol of death. Appropriate presents for a young child? 

Not unless you are Jesus Christ, the Holy One of God. 

Pray

Gracious God,
thank you for the gift of Jesus, 
who rules in our lives, 
intercedes as our priest 
and has conquered death that we may live.  
May all your children live life in all its fullness.
Amen.

Something to do

Remember that a Christian Aid Charity Gifts present is for life, not just for Christmas! All year round, there are gifts of all prices, for all occasions and for all people throughout the year.

Today's contributor is Melanie Smith, a minister with the United Reformed Church.