This month our Christmas tree celebrates its 43rd year of service. Its decorations have improved greatly from the first year—strings of popcorn, real cookies, and those satin-covered styrofoam balls—to a collection of “treasures” accumulated through the years. Some are just pretty or fun, but many have special significance:
Hearts symbolizing God’s love shown through Jesus and through friends & family
Bells reminding us of the joyful news of our Savior coming to earth to save us
Angels who announced the King’s birth
Snowflakes and poinsettias, beautiful examples of His creation that we enjoy in the winter time
A dove—the Prince of Peace who will one day reign unrivaled on a new earth
Harps and pianos, the music of praise to our Creator and Redeemer
It’s His birthday! Let’s celebrate Him!
At Christmas we see plenty of glitter. Our Christmas tree, for one. And it’s fun. I love gawking at all the lit-up yards, have always been attracted to sparkly things. Glitter is man-made, and it fades sooner or later.
Glory is another thing. It’s God-made. This word applies to sunsets, sunrises, mountain grandeur, visions of God and angels, and the inspired songs that celebrate these things, such as Handel’s Messiah! These are real things which last.
How much of our Christmas celebration focuses on glitter, and how much on glory? Ours has both, but it’s the glory part that I crave. I so long to be totally overwhelmed by the glory and wonder of the lasting truth of Christmas: the Incarnation!
For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16