Not getting a Christmas Tree this year? Neither are we. Hey, it’s work! Moreover, the kids won’t be coming until after Christmas.
But still we’ll decorate, keeping it simple. We have fresh pyracantha berries growing outside, jade succulents and a pine tree with low branches. They will smell fragrant and look festive on our mantle, especially with red Christmas ornaments nestled in the pine branches. The crèche will go on the coffee table and Jesus will be honored.
When we do have a tree, I want a Christian Tree! I have written the nine fruit of the Spirit in my best calligraphy on nine of the ornaments. What a springboard for conversation are the words: “Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Gentleness, Faithfulness or Self-Control.”
It’s an opportunity to explain that according to the Bible, together, these are the fruit of the Holy Spirit. If you have given your life to Jesus Christ, then ALL the fruit of the Spirit is available to you, not just some of it. We simply need to exercise that fruit in our lives.
Another idea is to write out the names of Jesus: “Prince of Peace, Everlasting Father, Emmanuel, Wonderful Counselor, etc.” Cut them out and attach each to the tree with a glue gun. It’s another opportunity to lift up Jesus in our home.
- But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23
- For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
- SONG: I LOVE THE LORD – By Kathleen
[This life is temporary. This life is short. When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever. Where will the “real you” live? Will you live for all eternity separated from God? Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven? Learn more so you can make your most important decision: http://www.godlife.com/gospel/ and http://www.godlife.com/en/about-christianity
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