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The Gifts of the Magi: Part III 

Hello everyone! I hope all is well with you and yours. As Christmas approaches, I hope everyone is remembering and reflecting on the Reason for the Season. If Jesus, God manifest in flesh, had not come to this earth as a baby, we would not be celebrating. I’m so glad He came!
Over the past 2 weeks we have been discussing the gifts of the Magi. The first gift we discussed was gold, possibly either Balsam oil or Turmeric. Last week we discussed frankincense. Today, we will discuss the 3rd and final known gift of the Magi, myrrh.
Myrrh, the most bitter-sweet of the gifts, had been imported to Egypt for embalming purposes and the practice filtered out through the surrounding areas. Myrrh was connected with death and burial, a disheartening gift for a new mother to hold, yet beautiful in light of her understanding of His purpose. But was that all the myrrh was for?
While the Middle Eastern regions used myrrh ceremonially, the Far East was using it for healing purposes. Ayurvedic medicine, which dates back for thousands of years, used myrrh for wound healing, digestive health, and to balance women’s issues. China used myrrh for similar purposes, wound healing and to slow bleeding. With this in mind, one wonders whether the Magi were bringing healing substances for Jesus after birth, cord healing etc. as well as for Mary in her postpartum discomfort.
When Joseph and Mary received the gift of myrrh from the Kings from the Orient, the Wisemen didn’t have to explain the use of the oil to Mary. She knew myrrh was an antiseptic and should be placed on the navel of a newborn so there would be no infection with the cutting of the umbilical cord. She also knew it would come in handy later on in protecting her Child from things like coughs, sore throat, ringworm, and gum infections. She knew myrrh would be a good thing to have to sooth and heal the little cuts and bruises that all little boys experience. Mary knew myrrh could heal the scar tissue after pregnancy. She knew how to rub her abdomen with the oil until the stretch marks disappeared. When rubbed on her body as a breast feeding mother, it would communicate a sense of security and wellbeing to both her and her Child. Mary knew these things because all the women of her day knew. This was common practice for them.
It’s worth noting that frankincense and myrrh together used in Temple rituals comprised a synergistic anti-microbial combination. While both the Temple and Jesus’ cradle were filled with aromatic substances, they were also fighting disease and protecting the inhabitants. What joy there is in seeing beauty of God’s design underscored with practical protective measures.
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