First I was pregnant with Abbie and couldn't pick the thing up from out of the barn and drag it in. It takes two adults two trips just to bring in the two huge boxes and the thing is sooo heavy and about 12 feet tall. Then I was worried about an infant pulling down the bulbs. Then I was exhausted from two toddlers. I've been putting up small trees in the kids' rooms and allowing them to help me for the past few years, but this year I just decided I was going to do it.
(Genesis 3:11-13) first ushered sin in the world and a tree held salvation several generations later.
‘Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God’ (Ephesians 5:2)
Tears filled my eyes as I explained how I didn't think I would be able to sit back and watch anything hurt my children, but God had to watch as the world turned on his son and hung him from a tree.
‘My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?' (Mark 15:34)
A tree...something so beautiful. Something we decorate brightly at Christmas. Harrison talked about how the star on the top reminded him of the star the wise men followed. (Matthew 2:1-2)
The kids have gone back to playing and I'm debating on throwing these ornaments away or keeping them just in case, but this conversation is still there in my mind and I can't help but to think how much of a sacrifice it was for my heavenly father to set all of these events in motion for me and my family. Through that sacrifice we have the hope of eternal life.
'For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.' (Romans 6:23)
I hope that they will understand the meaning in all that we do as they get older and never forget the importance of the tree and giving gifts to others.