CHRISTMAS IS COMING...
THE CREATOR, MYSTERY & LIGHT
READ: Genesis 1; Colossians 1:15-17; Hebrews 11:3; Deuteronomy 29:29; John 1:1-14
REFLECT: Take a few moments to look at the tree. Take in its shape, smell its scent, touch its needles. (If it is an artificial tree, imagine these details.) See how it stands tall and true; in its natural state, anchored in earth, but pointing to Heaven.
This tree is a reminder of creation, a reminder of the Creator.
Now think of it in its woodland home, frosted branches sparkling under a starlit sky. Or imagine the silence which comes with snowfall, and the upturned branches bathed silver in the moonlight. Consider the sense of awe, wonder and mystery such a scene evokes. Mystery is important, it reminds us in our human frailty that we don’t know everything, we don’t have all the answers – and that is as it should be!
That sense of wonder is also often conveyed through Christmas tree lights, sparkling in the night hours. They are a reminder that light always dispels darkness. And the Light of the World has come to drive out every dark thing. (If you are doing these reflections while dressing the tree, this is a good time to add the tree lights.)
LISTEN: Get quiet before the Lord and Him to speak to you.
PRAY: (Fill in the blanks in your own way) I worship you Lord, Creator of the Universe, who sustains all things by Your might and power. Thank you for this beautiful world, and its amazing blessings………… Sometimes it seems a dark place where evil holds sway……………. But I know and proclaim Your Light is shining in the darkness, and it will not be overcome.
DECLARE: May the wonder of creation and revelation of the Creator grip hearts across this neighbourhood. May …………….. have an encounter with the Living God; and may there be in a response to beauty in this season, a sense of Eden calling them home. May the Light of Emmanuel flood into this household, street and neighbourhood; may His light push back every bit of darkness, especially…………..
What if we imbued our trees with faith and expectation, I wonder what changes in our homes and communities we would see?
And what if we had a whole forest of trees this Christmas, a prophetic demonstration of Heaven invading earth?
The Christmas Tree is a beautiful picture of grace – the Lord’s unmerited favour poured out on us. What if, through our faith and declaration, that grace ran in rivers throughout whole neighbourhoods? Now that would make the trees rejoice!
‘Let the Trees Rejoice!’ is available on Amazon Kindle. However, if you don’t have a Kindle, a free viewer can be downloaded from Amazon which will allow the book to be read on any digital device.
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