Decorating for Christmas

He has made everything beautiful in its time.
Ecclesiastes 3:11 NIV

Around the 1st of December, I am ready to adorn the house with Christmas decorations. I drag out boxes and bins filled with decorations of years gone by, and then go shopping to purchase new ones. Some of the most precious items are those saved from yesteryear, now treasured for the very memories they hold within. Some of the newer Christmas items make decorating more simple, such as exterior carpet lighting. Old and new they are place in one room and then another, reminding me of this most special time of year. The tree lights always seem to be a hassle, but worth the efforts when night time arrives and the shimmer of tiny lights fill the room.

Our decorations cannot compare with those of God. Have you noticed how He trimmed the world? He hung the stars and moon against the black sky, so we could enjoy their light. He gave us color galore in the form of four seasons. He gave us sun to make things grow and to warm our aching bones. He ornamented our world with animals to love and people to form tender relationships with. He gave us a heart to seek after Him. He decorated the heart of each of His children with the most beautiful adornment of all. He has wrapped our hearts in His love, and sent us the Christ child, so that we would never be separated from the Father.

I pray this Christmas season, as I continue to add to my household decorations, I will remember God's decorations, and thank Him for them.

© Marion Smith

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