Luke 1:49 “For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name.”
I read about a young couple whose business had failed, and they had little money to spend at Christmas. They were going to have to move out of their house after the new year. But they didn’t want their holiday season to be spoiled because of it. SO they decided to throw a party. When the guests arrived, they saw a cedar tree decorated with one string of lights and small rolled up pieces of paper tied to the limbs with ribbon.
“Welcome to our blessing tree!” they said, beaming. “In spite of hard times, God has blessed us in so many ways that we decided to dedicate our tree to Him. Each piece of paper describes a blessing He has given us this year.”
This couple has faced more trials since then, but they have chosen to stay focused on the Lord. They often remark that the Christmas with the “blessing tree” was one of their most beautiful, because they could testify as Mary did: “And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord. And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour……. for he that is mighty hath done to me great things;….” (Luke 1:47-49).
Whatever your difficulties, they needn’t spoil Christmas, for nothing can spoil Christ! Stay focused on Jesus and seek ways to share His blessings with others, perhaps through your own “blessing tree.” —-Joannie Yoder
Jesus came and came for me!
Simples words, and yet expressing
Depths of Holy mystery,
Depths of wondrous love and blessings. —Havergal
To give meaning to Christmas, give Christ first place.
Source: ODB Vol. 14