How do our Christmas trees glorify God and bear witness to our faith today? Let me share the lessons of one mother who taught her children to celebrate the real meaning of Christmas through her tree using the colors of Christmas.
The green tree represents the never-ending love and presence of God in our lives.
White lights or clip-on candles remind us of Jesus, the light of the world, and our call as disciples to bear witness throughout the world today.
A red garland draped around the tree is a reminder that we are wrapped in the gracious act of redemption.
Blue ornaments represent heaven, hope, and peace.
Purple ornaments reflect royalty. Christians bear witness to the King of Kings.
Yellow shines like the brilliant light with the angels singing on the hillsides of Bethlehem to announce the birth of the Savior.
Silver and gold ornaments, garland, or tinsel remind us of God’s riches—riches that are not limited by the human eye.
This message is excerpted from “The Colors of Christmas” by Bonnie B. Belasic, a 2009 resource of the Women of the ELCA. Today is the fourth Sunday of Advent.
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