Sunday, January 16, 2011

A Prayer for Sunday, January 16, 2011

“They Offered Him Gifts

How can we not want to give the best we have to the One that we regard as King, Lord, and Savior?

How can we not want to respond to his love and sacrifice with our love and sacrifice?

O God, we know so much more about the kind of king that Jesus really is than did those wise men who brought him their gifts when he was so small, when he was so far away from his cross and his empty tomb. We know that he was a king who would reign through love, grace, service, and sacrifice; that he was a king who would ascend to his throne only after he had given himself completely away.

Help us, O God, through the power of your grace and through the strength of your Holy Spirit, to love, to give, to serve, and to sacrifice in ways that befit the servants of such a King.


“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” (Matthew 2:11).

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