- The rose of Jericho - part 2 -
But suddenly she became calm. She looked at the infant and was convinced that the childís angel would protect them on the dangerous journey because there were great promises associated with this child.
She remembered the three gifts from the wise men. They had to symbolize something good.
She had thought about the gifts. Gold must mean the boy would be a king like David, the incence that the boy would be a priest like Melchizedek, and the myrrh that he would be a prophet like Moses.
She still felt that something was missing but pushed the thought aside. It was probably just a motherís ambition.
"Mary", said Joseph, "are you dreaming again? We must leave. Iíll take the gifts from the wise men and you must find food and clothes for us."
They gathered their things together and put everything in the donkeyís saddle bag.
Mary sat on the donkey with the boy. Her fear had completely disappeared. She looked at the child and knew that God would surround them with love and keep them safe. But the fear quickly returned when they reached the edge of the desert.
There was nothing but desert as far as the eye could see. And they had to cross it. How would they manage? Fear filled her again. She almost clung to the fear now. "This is too much", she thought, "going through a barren desert with husband and child". She drew the child closer to her to protect him.
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