A Glimpse of Christ

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas (our theme this month). In pondering the idea for this post,  I thought to share a few of my favorite things during this joyous season.

Mantle Lantern JohnsonTo me, nothing says Christmas like lights. During this time of year the darkest streets come to life with the flip of a switch.

There are lights in every room in my house whether it’s a strand of lights or a single candle. The light never fails to pierce the darkness and set my heart aglow.

Jesus said, “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life” (John 8:12).

Tasty treats are another must at our house. They’re treasured more than the gifts beneath the tree. If you came for a visit, you would find wedding cookies, magic cookie bars, blondies, pralines, German chocolate pie, German chocolate cake, and divinity. And of course, I would offer tea, coffee, or milk.

Christmas candy sample

The psalmist wrote, “O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him” (Psalm 34:8).

Christmas tree 2015 Johnson

And then, there’s the tree. The tree reminds me of several things. The manger which held the Christ child was made of wood. When he became a man, he worked as a carpenter. And finally, he hung on a tree to bring the gift of salvation to a lost world.

Again, Jesus said, For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16).

My Christmas tree holds hand-picked ornaments. The first one was given to me by my mother-in-love the year I married her son. And when my children were born, she chose an ornament for them. It’s a tradition we have kept. Each year when I decorate the tree, I’m reminded of God’s faithfulness and His blessing throughout the year.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ (Philippians 1:3).

No matter the activity, we can catch a glimpse of Christ if we seek to find Him. Until next year. From my house to yours, Merry Christmas, my friend!

What traditions remind you of the Christ child?

No matter the activity, we can catch a glimpse of Christ if we seek to find Him. #Christmas #hope @inspiredprompts https://wp.me/p2YFil-3jg

11 thoughts on “A Glimpse of Christ

  1. One tradition that is very special to me is the candlelight service on Christmas Eve. When everyone is quiet and still, holding their candles, the earth seems to be at a standstill and God’s love is expressed by everyone at that moment. 🙂

  2. Merry Christmas to you- thanks for sharing your celebrations 🙂 I am looking forward to have 2 children in our school’s Children’s Christmas Service this year- I love hearing the story in their young voices 🙂

  3. Anne, my children are grown. Both are in their 20s. But I can still visualize them as shepherds in the Christmas services! Lime you, I love to see Christmas through a child’s eyes!

  4. The first tradition that reminds me of the Christ Child is our homemade wooden calendar that we open every day of December. It combines Matthew and Luke to tell the story of Jesus’ birth. Another tradition is our candlelight Christmas Eve service, which is also a communion service – so we celebrate His birth & that He came to die for us. I loved this post and all these pictures, and how you added a verse for each one.

  5. Thanks, Becky. I like the fact your candlelight service is a communion service. We often celebrate His birth without grasping the reason for His birth. Not that we forget. We can’t. We just don’t give as much attention to his death as his birth, or resurrection. And without His death we would be lost. Thanks for visiting and sharing your traditions!

  6. Attending a Candlelight Christmas Eve service is so special. Gail, thank you for this wonderful post! Merry Christmas!

  7. My favorite decoration is the “candle in every window”…so simple, but so beautiful. This year, our grandchildren will be with “the other side”, so I’ll miss their shining eyes on Christmas Eve as we light the candles. But that makes me appreciate them all the more every other year when they’re here.

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