Monday, December 22, 2008

O Christmas Tree!

(Photo by Hazel King)

Once upon a time, Christmas trees were simple, with natural ornaments like pinecones and berries and strings of popcorn. Now, there are Red Hat trees, John Deere trees, Harley-Davidson name it, somebody has decorated it. It is all very unique and interesting but I’m still a traditionalist at heart. I like trees decorated with kindergarten crafts, family photos, and Baby's First Christmas ornaments. I like to see stars and angels and baby Jesus in a manger. I like to picture a heavenly host appearing to shepherds and singing hosannas. I like to reflect on the miracle of God’s own Son becoming one of us, an earth-dweller, with all our problems and messy emotions and limitations. It was not an easy task--it cost him his life. He was crucified on a cross fashioned from a tree. He did this to show us the love of the Father and to tell us about heaven—his home—a place where we, his children, can all live happily ever after in his presence. As you enjoy your own tree this season--however it is decorated--may the joy and wonder of Christmas shine in your heart now and forever.

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6, KJV)
By Hazel King
© 2008

1 comment:

  1. I'm with you. We need to remember what Christmas is all about.