Hand your child the piece of myrrh.
Hold the myrrh gently in your hand.
It looks and feels a little like sea glass.
Smell it – myrrh has a subtle, almost spicy smell to it.
Myrrh is a resin that comes from trees. It is secreted by a tree to help heal a wound.
Throughout history, myrrh has been ground down and used in perfume, medicine, and even mixed with wine.
Listen to these words from Matthew 2:10-11 –
When the wise men saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
The wise men travelled a great distance to honor the child Jesus. And one of the three gifts brought was myrrh. Later, when Jesus dies on the cross, he is offered a drink of wine mixed with myrrh. This was probably to sooth his pain, but he refused to drink it. Then when Jesus’ body was taken down from the cross, it was wrapped in myrrh and aloes.
The wise man who brought the gift of myrrh was honoring not only the gift of Jesus’ birth, but the gift Jesus would later give the world.
Now let’s sit in silence. Look at the myrrh and think of what gift from nature you might have brought to Jesus.
[After a few moments of silence, pray]
Thank you for the gifts of your natural world.
Thank you for the gift of Jesus.
Grant me the heart to give what I can.
[The myrrh can now go in the box.]