Time to decorate the tree. Specially chosen for our small space, trunk end sawn off & soaked in water for a week, it’s nearly ready.
I will take my time over dressing it, for it’s not just a decorative accessory for our household, but an important prophetic part of our festival.
(Prophetic in the sense of a visual declaration to the heavenly realms, of the heart of God for our households & neighbourhoods.
2 Corinthians 10:3-5).
Riding home through a pine forest, late one night in Advent, Luther was enchanted by the moon and star light sparkling through the frosty trees. The next day he cut down a small fir tree, and setting it in a pot, secured small candles to its branches. When the candles were lit, he explained that it was a reminder of his journey through the woods, but in particular a reminder that the Brightness of Heaven had come to earth in the birth of Jesus.
I always enjoy unwrapping our tree decorations, little treasures collected over decades, some symbolic and others ‘just for joy’. I pray over many of them as I put them in place, that they would be pictorial declarations over my family:
- Ruby red glass baubles – that each family member is marked with the blood of Jesus.
- Angels –that they may join with us in our Christmas praise.
- ‘I Antiphons’ – more of these in the next blog....
- Mini manger scenes – that Jesus would come once more & meet us where we are.
- Small wooden cross – the Christmas baby was born to die – that we might live, abundantly.
- A painted dove – that the Holy Spirit would come and fill us again with Himself.
- Tiny figures carrying gifts – that we may have a spirit of generosity in the image of the greatest Gift Giver
- Wooden soldiers – that we may have the hearts of warriors, committed to enforcing the victory Jesus has already won.
And the ornaments that are ‘just for joy’- tin Christmas trees, a painted engine, gold bows, and others?
For me the Christmas Tree is a picture of Grace, that is, the totally unmerited favour of God on our lives, and these other ‘treasures’ remind me that He fills our lives with good things – just because He loves us. These 'treasures' nestle under the protection of the branches, lots of interesting ‘gifts’ waiting to be discovered!
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