Returning from our annual leave recently and well into Advent, we set up our little Christmas tree; small these days, now the kids have grown up. Little yes, but this tree is special as it tells the history of many years of collecting those treasured family ornaments.
Christmas tends to be like that tree. We bring it out once a year, set it up, dust it off and decorate it. Once a year that special Christmas fills our homes with joy. For some people, it means gathering for worship, bringing us to Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We send messages of love and blessings to others and give gifts to our family and friends. We support our church; give generously to charities, so allowing our love to shine like the lights on our tree.
If we could only capture that sense of God’s love at Christmas all year round, we would not put our Christmas tree back in the box and tuck it away in the garage. I pray that this overflowing of love, joy and blessing would continue into the New Year and beyond. Thank God that his generosity to us doesn’t come out once a year and then is put back in the box!
Here is a wonderful Christmas verse for you: “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the father of the heavenly lights who does not change like shifting shadows.” (James 1:17 INV)
God turns on the heavenly Christmas tree every night when our stars come out as part of His creation. Day after day God’s love comes to us in gifts of provision and blessing. God doesn’t give Jesus to us once a year! An idea a parishioner suggested to me recently was, we might leave something from our Christmas tree out permantly during 2015, an ornament or the star or nativity scene, as sign of God’s unending and unfailing generosity and love.
May God always give you and your family a blessed and Holy Christmas filled with the light of Christ’s love.
Fr Rob Harris
St Alban’s Anglican Cathedral
Parish of Griffith