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Thursday, January 7, 2021

eyes[1]Song of Songs 3:6-7, 11

Come Forth

What is this coming up from the desert, like a column of smoke laden with myrrh, with frankincense, and with the perfume of every exotic dust? Daughters of Jerusalem, come forth . . .

We have waited for so long. We crane our necks and stand on tiptoe. We exhaust ourselves with preparation and waiting. And like a pillar of smoke bearing the scent of incense that delights and comforts us, our God comes into our view. With this first sighting, we quite suddenly realize that God has always been with us; we quite suddenly understand what it means to be Christmas people.

Daughters of Jerusalem, come forth . . . and see that the desert blooms in God’s presence.

Daughters of Jerusalem, come forth . . . and see that your God rises like a pillar of frankincense and myrrh.

Daughters of Jerusalem, come forth . . . and see that your God is among you.

Daughters of Jerusalem, come forth . . . the king is here . . .


To learn more about the frankincense and myrrh resins and how they were used in Biblical times, go to: http://science.howstuffworks.com/life/botany/question283.htm

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