(Read why we have an Advent altar here. This is the 2nd post in a series on how we put our altar together. Part I can be found here)
Before lighting the candle in our wreath each night, we read from the Word and from our Advent resource. This year we're learning to look for Jesus in The Adventure of Christmas: Helping Children Find Jesus in Our Holiday Traditions. We are able to see Him everywhere.
In the Christmas tree, standing tall to point to Heaven, arms outstretched like His were on the day He was crucified.
In the lights that mimic starlight falling on trees. Heavenly winks from our Creator.
In the ornaments, the fruit of the tree in the garden. The one that tempted Eve and ushered sin into the world. The one that represents our need for Christ.
This is why we celebrate Him.
The enemy has tried to capture these holy items, to desecrate them. He's tried to hide Jesus. We have let him. When we participate in Christmas traditions without seeking their true meaning, without searching out Christ, we are no different than those who want to keep Him hidden. When we share in the worldly holiday, we miss Christmas.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!"
- Luke 2:13-14 (ESV)
May we proclaim His glory in each of our traditions this Advent season.