Growing up, Christmas was wondrous. Lights, trees, ornaments, decorations, presents, parties, and Santa all culminated in Christmas morning surprise when the fire was lit, carols played, and presents were abound.
Christmas felt magical and I savored every moment of the Season.
As time passed, though, I began to worry more about making sure each person in my life had a gift to unwrap, than giving gifts as fruit of the true Joy of the Season. I became so focused on maintaining the magical, that I lost sight of the Miracle:
For unto us a child is born…And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6)
As this Christmas Season approached, I felt a stirring in my heart to recenter focus on the Miracle of Christmas, and as my focus began to shift I wondered: What if, instead of focusing on filling the base of our tree with presents and paper, ribbons and bows, we filled its branches with our prayers? What if, like Mary, we gave our hearts to God this Advent Season to magnify His greatness? What fruit would our tree bear?
So this Advent, as we prepare for the coming of Christ, we are creating our first Advent Tree – a tree we hope to fill with prayers that we will offer to God on Christmas Night. Will you give us the gift of adorning our tree with your prayers? The joy of praying for you and your loved ones this Advent Season? The honor of offering your prayers to Jesus on Christmas Night?
Yes?? Oh you make our hearts sing with joy!
To participate, simply follow the instructions below, and don’t forget to share with your friends and family!
Love and blessings to you this Advent Season, dear friends. We can’t wait to see and share the beauty of our Advent Tree!
*The beautiful cards selected to transcribe the prayers for The Advent Tree were created by Kathryn Christenbury, artist and owner of Fleur de Letters Calligraphy, Invitations, and Design.