I saw a post the other day on Facebook. I don’t remember by whom, but all I saw was, “Lessons from a Christmas tree.” I chose to read no further, for the title alone sparked all sorts of ideas for blog articles. So far, I’m at 5 posts and I think I’m done writing them. But who knows? They’ll be spread throughout this month. Please chime in with your own thoughts! Here’s the link to the first lesson.
Have you looked at your Christmas tree lately? As we decorated ours last week, my girls would raise different ornaments asking where and when we got them. Some are precious. Some I barely remember, but all have some type of of story behind them.
- The first time my name was on a book cover.
- A first Christmas for each of my children.
- Yearly school ornament-exchange parties.
- Hearts, stars, snowflakes, and bells pained with love and care by dear ones long ago.
- Some of my first attempts at making ornaments.
- Geese that commemorated our first Christmas in marriage.
- Various favorite sports teams and mementos from group activities
- Etched and filled glass carrying messages of love.
You get the drift. These ornaments carry the memories of past Christmases. Stories that my kids want to hear. And the tree shares those stories in vivid illustrations every year.
We are also called to share. Our lives are supposed to share the joy of following Christ. If we display our joy well, we also get the opportunity to share His story, His gift.
After all, Christmas doesn’t end with the Baby in the manger. That child grew up and moved into action by His great love for us. He became a man, fully grown, yet without the tentacles of evil holding him back. Being completely God and completely Man, He had the unique position of becoming for us a sacrifice. Dying in our place so that those who accepted His gift would never experience spiritual death. And He bestowed another gift, the Spirit of God Himself, living in us to encourage, comfort, and lead us to the best life we can imagine.
This is my story to share this Christmas. Taken from the lesson of the Christmas tree.
Your Turn: What’s your story?
Next lesson will be HERE when it posts.