I call it my “heaven and nature” Christmas tree. It is the second Christmas tree in my home and it is in the Florida room. As some of you may recall from a previous Advent Devotional, my paternal grandmother crocheted me a number of snowflakes to use as decorations on my Christmas tree and they cover a lot of branches on that slim line tree. Nestled among them are a number of other “nature” ornaments … such as raccoons (you may recall that animal of God’s creation fascinates me), dogs and butterflies, flowers and plants, birds and other creatures.
Several years ago mother saw a crocheted angel in a catalog that she thought would complement this Christmas tree well. She purchased it and since that time the faceless winged lacy angel stands atop the Christmas tree surveying all the other creatures. We were not that surprised to learn that the beautiful angel was made in China and while the workmanship is good, it was not made, as the snowflakes were, by my grandmother’s loving hands. This Christmas tree is one that celebrates God’s creation and serves as a reminder that “heaven and nature” are called to sing joyously in response to the gift of God’s Son to the world.
Dear God, we thank You that the Psalmist invited heaven and nature to sing because the Lord has come to the world and to every heart which is open to receiving Him. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.