Posted by Marjorie Ainsborough Decker text© 2011 on Dec 21st, 2010
Christmas Greetings Dear Blog-Nog Friends,
Time has brought us one year closer to the return of the One Who is the very heart of the Christmas we are celebrating – The Lord Jesus Christ. The One Who came with His Savior’s message and mission from God with the angel’s great announcement: “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, Who is Christ the Lord.”
That “Christ”mas message, heralding the miracle of the birth of the Baby Jesus – The Son of God, flung open the door to Heaven. And from that invisible realm, millions of angels, in blazing waves of light, praising God, poured across the night sky above a field in Bethlehem, more than 2,000 years ago. A field – where poor shepherds, keeping watch over their sheep, were bathed in the glory of God.
And while the rest of the city slept, the lowly shepherds “made haste” into Bethlehem to find “Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:16)
What a night of magnificent Heavenly adornment surrounded the birth of Jesus! Yet the little Lord Jesus Himself, wrapped in swaddling clothes, opened His eyes to greet this world in a humble feeding trough called a manger! The One Who created this world lay in a stable! But all of Heaven had declared in a display of wondrous beauty and light: “Little Christ Jesus is born!” *
As a little girl growing up in England, I always associated Christmas with decorations, tree lights, presents, scrumptious dark fruit cake with marzipan on top, Christmas stockings and caroling door to door to raise funds for Dr. Barnado’s homes for destitute children.
Our plain city house was transformed with decorations at Christmastime. Even the cumbersome, old-fashioned tram cars took on the joy of Christmas, where it was almost a crime not to greet each traveler with “Merry Christmas!” One tram, called the Illuminated Tram, was encrusted with lights like a diamond, and we children would wait for its appearance with baited breath.
Just recently, my son Kevin and I stepped into a Christmas wonderland at the home of Jerry and Mary. The front door opened to the most beautifully decorated home I’ve ever seen. Every inch of every room bore testimony to the true meaning of Christmas. Not only was it beautiful, but the tasteful harmony of color; the blending of elegance and merriment that decorated every aspect of home-life – all combined to make an atmosphere of well-being and joyful comfort. It was a lovely experience to bask in this Christmas Cottage, savoring the gift of exquisite decorating with which Mary obviously was blessed. (Martha Stewart could learn from Mary!)
That visit caused me to think of various incidents in my life where the words “Christmas decoration” was at the heart of a tender story. Here is one about a Christmas tree.
Many Christmases ago, I was driving my Corvair Monza Coupe along a lonely 35-mile stretch of highway through the deserted “dobie” land of Western Colorado. As I crested a long winding turn dubbed Fool’s Hill, the lone pine tree at the top stood out like a Victorian Christmas caroler standing along the highway. I knew about this tree, and the sympathetic engineers who had purposely diverted the highway around the tree in honor of its struggle to survive alone in a region foreign to its existence.
It was Christmas Eve, and the lonesome pine tree had shed its wistful, orphaned air with the advent of Christmas decorations befriending every bough. Each year, many unknown hands made the journey to Fool’s Hill to dress the solitary pine. It was a heart gesture to include the tree in the Season’s merry goodness, and to salute those who journeyed by.
I saluted back, glad for the celebration of the Savior’s birth that reached out even to a lonely, eight-foot pine tree.
Thinking of the star on top of that pine tree brings to mind the miracle star – the Star of Bethlehem that guided the Magi; those wise men from the East who sought to worship the new-born King.
They probably travelled at least 1,000 miles, following the star “...and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto Him gifts; gold, frankincense and myrrh.” (Matthew 2:9-11)
Have you thought about this? Stars are considered fixed, trusted navigational maps. Yet here is a star that moved across the desert , hundreds of miles, to bring seeking Gentiles to Jesus, as they followed that moving star. Our God will move even the stars for those who seek to find and worship The Lord Jesus Christ!
“In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.” (1. John 4:9)
And when the Light and Life of Christ enter the heart of a believing earthling, He lights up every “room” of that redeemed life. He decorates them with His own love and beauty.
May there be many “Open House” hearts this Christmas to display Jesus – the heart, hope and Heavenly calling of all Christmases past, and all the Christmases there ever shall be.
Thanks be to God for the GIFT of eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord!
Merry Christmas! dear readers, and a blessed, happy New Year!
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