“The many shapes of Christmas here
Can help to add some Christmas cheer.
They tell us of a baby small
Who came to earth to save us all.”
With this invitation, the children of CrossLife presented the Christmas message on Sunday. They held up for display big, plywood shapes as tall as the kids themselves! The children’s smiles, innocence, eagerness and faith along with the different colored shapes provided a visual delight that touched our hearts.
There were 5 shapes in all. The first was a triangle.
“The triangle’s a shape of love
That points us up to heav’n above.
Its sides are made of one, two, three,
And look, they make a Christmas tree.”
Christmas trees symbolize eternal life through Jesus, because they are evergreen trees and point to heaven.
“For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands” (2 Corinthians 5:1).
A big, red circle was next.
“I love these circles big and small.
That decorate our tree so tall.
These ornaments are all a sign
Of joy we feel at Christmastime.”
Round ornaments on Christmas trees, with varied colors and sizes, remind us of all God’s blessings to us out of his fatherly goodness.
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights” (James 1:17).
“A star will top our Christmas tree
It shines so bright for all to see.
Like Jesus, it will show the way
That leads us to a brighter day.”
Jesus is the supreme star who shines holiness on us. This gift of Jesus is for all people. Jesus once said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12).
PRAYER: Dear Jesus, thank you for children, and their boundless energy and innocent joy. Thank you for loving them and for blessing us through them. Take care of children near and far, in our homes, our community and around the world and bring them to faith in you forever. Amen.
FURTHER MEDITATION: You’ll see a picture of all 5 shapes posted on our Facebook page @CrossLifePfChurch. Here is a video and explanation.
All recitation verses of the children are quoted from “The Many Shapes of Christmas.” © Kremer Publications, 2013.