Deck The Halls
Do you Deck The Halls for Christmas at your house? Do you decorate cookies? Trim a Christmas tree?
Have you ever considered the purpose of decorating? (And not just for Christmas, but decorating in general?)
Allow me to offer that the purpose of decorating is to enhance what's already there. A tree with ornaments and lights, a cookie with frosting and sprinkles, a door with a wreath.
And even more at other times of the year and in other situations: A cake for a birthday, new paint and curtains in a room, makeup and clothing for people.
No matter how much decoration we provide, it's still what's 'underneath' that's important. A dead tree will eventually dry up, no matter how beautifully it's adorned. A poorly constructed house will quickly deteriorate, even with layers of fresh paint. Clothing and makeup? You can't cover bad character.
And then there's this incredible story about decoration:
A baby, wrapped in cloths, lying in a manger.
Hmmm... It appears that here the one being decorated far outshines the decoration. In fact, no matter what He would have been "wrapped" in, it could never enhance who He is. It could never improve Him. It could never create a more attractive Savior.
Question: Why do you Deck The Halls? Share your thoughts below in 'comments'.
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