Spiritual gifts for the women in your life

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“On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshipped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.”

With the Magi’s journey in Matthew’s gospel (2:1-12), gift-giving to honor the birth of Christ has become a ritual. But these treasures have a religious significance, too; they represent three roles of Jesus the Messiah: king (gold), God (incense) and man who would suffer (myrrh is a bitter herb used in antiquity for, among other things, embalming the dead).

In the spirit of those wise men of Arabia, consider these gifts with a spiritual meaning for the women in your life:

Dimensions of Christ: CrossFish

The folks at Roman Inc. have created this line of silver and gold jewelry, gifts and sculptures that incorporate the most widely known and oldest of Christian symbols. Available as a bracelet ($15), earrings ($10), ornament ($10), desktop cube ($30) and more.

Legacy of Love

This series of sculptures from the Gregg Gift Co. celebrates friendship and family. Each is inscribed with an appropriate scripture verse. From $24.99 to $27.99.

Inspirational reading

Help your mom, sister, neighbor, Bible study partner or child’s teacher recover from the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Among the offerings: “Twelve Extraordinary Women” by John MacArthur ($22.99); “1001 Things It Means to be a Mom” by Harry H. Harrison Jr. ($9.99); Robin Lee Hatcher’s “Coming to America” series of romance fiction ($6.99 each); “The Friendships of Women: The Beauty and Power of God’s Plan for Us” by Dee Brestin ($13.99); and “The Mommy Diaries: Finding Yourself in the Daily Adventure,” edited by Tally Flint ($12.99).

Message in a Bottle

Top off your book selection with a hand-pressed-paper bookmark with silver Remember Me jewelry from the mind and heart of Michelle Meade ($24.99 to $43.99).

Rockford Register Star