Quite a simple one, this. I had three things that were a bit like
the wise men's gifts, and the children unwrapped them, and then I said what
each gift told us. There was some humour in the talk because my gifts were
obviously all poor substitutes, and I could ask the kids, 'Do you think that's
a real gold bar?' and so on.
The first gift, obviously, was gold. This
was a metal bar I found in the shed (actually a sash window weight), sprayed
with gold paint. I made the mistake of using sparkly gold, which was
gold-coloured flecks in a clear lacquer. But I wanted it to look like solid
gold, not like a sparkly sash window weight, and so I really should have bought
the regular gold spray. It took several coats to build up the
You don't have to use a sash window weight, but it is good to
use something reassuringly heavy.
The gold was a gift for a king, and
the first gift tells us that Jesus is a king - in fact, he is the King
The next gift was frankincense. I used a scented candle and
covered the 'Homebase' label with a bigger label saying 'frankincense'. We lit
the candle and it wasn't very scented at all - what a waste of
Frankincense was used in the temple, and it was a gift for
a priest. So the second gift tells us that Jesus is a priest. He stands
before God his Father and prays for us.
Finally, there is myrrh. Or
rather, a bottle of bath oil that was on offer at Waitrose. Again I covered the
maker's label with a bigger one, saying 'myrrh' (obviously).
used when bodies were prepared for burial, and in fact it was used by Nicodemus
to prepare Jesus' body for burial. The third gift tells us that Jesus came
to die for our sins on the Cross.
You can hear the
and talk on the St James' Muswell Hill web site.
The first present