This column last week was about the Christmas tree I remembered as a child. With Christmas approaching, perhaps more attention should be given to the tree more in keeping with the reason for the season. Some years back, the following article, “God’s Grace,” appeared in the Upper Room devotional magazine, which is distributed worldwide.
We took our young children to a farm nearby (Racine) looking for a Christmas tree. The huge farm was unkempt, having been neglected over many years. The trees were overgrown and had been picked over, leaving only the less desirable.
Walking over the farm, we saw trees that were crooked, off-color and full of dead limbs. Others were poorly shaped, full of insects and had trunks too large for the tree holder. As we continued to search, I overheard this young woman tell her husband, “Honey, I have never seen so many trees with something wrong with them!”
This statement reminded me of a contrast. While families desire a near perfect tree at Christmas, Christ accepts us as we are, warts and all. Christ is not particular. He welcomes the poor, the disabled, the downtrodden. He embraces thieves, abusers and sinners of all descriptions.
It’s hard to not qualify for God’s love. We cannot do anything to make Him love us more or anything to make Him love us less.
Have a blessed Christmas!
Roy Shaver writes a weekly columnist for the Daily News and has been a contributor to The Upper Room.