Anna Thomas
Cathedral Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem

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.
Matthew 2:11

“[When I look in the mirror] I can look directly into my face and find my soul. […] My heart is still connected to my body, so any character [I portray], I’m going to bring that intensity, that truth, that honesty, to it, because I have to repay for that blessing from [God]. I have to pay for that by shining.

If he gives you the voltage and you waste it, that’s the curse. He gave me the voltage, I’m gonna shine. It’s not mine, it’s from God, it’s God. Not that it’s so special that nobody [else] has got it, but all of our gifts and blessings and our strengths and our weaknesses come from God. […] Comes from within you. It’s not really tricky, anybody can do it if they just go to that spot.”

– Tupac Shakur, actor and rap artist, reflecting on the gifts we give to God.



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