Sunday and the Magi

It has snowed here.  Snow on snow on snow.  We braved our way through the drifts to church and I sat tiredly in the pew, four rows from the front.  And I am weary.  I did not wear my church face today; the one with lip liner and some extra foundation and tidy hair.  I didn’t try to suck in my tummy or smile much. I spoke to a few people, and my dear friend next to me in the pew made me giggle at one point, but basically, I was quiet.  I am tired today.

Our sermon was about The Magi.

In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;

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Snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow,
In the bleak midwinter, long ago.

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Our God, heaven cannot hold Him, nor earth sustain;
Heaven and earth shall flee away when He comes to reign.

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In the bleak midwinter a stable place sufficed
The Lord God Almighty, Jesus Christ.
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What can I give Him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
If I were a Wise Man, I would do my part;
Yet what I can I give Him: give my heart.

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What can I give You?  You, who have given me everything?

And here I have lamely related to you the uneventful chronicle of two foolish children in a flat who most unwisely sacrificed for each other the greatest treasures of their house. But in a last word to the wise of these days let it be said that of all who give gifts these two were the wisest. Of all who give and receive gifts, such as they are wisest. Everywhere they are wisest.

They are the magi.

– O. Henry, The Gift of the Magi

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