“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 three were a triangle, a circle and a star. The next was a rectangle (with orange crepe paper sticking out from the top).
“A rectangle with flame aglow
Shines candlelight to all we know.
It spreads God’s Word both far and near
And warms our hearts with Christmas cheer.”
As followers of Jesus, we reflect his light to others. He told us, “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).
“At last the square which we display
Reminds us of a gift today.
For Jesus is God’s gift divine
Who lives within this heart of mine.”
“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14).
“And now with all these shapes we see
They spell a word for you and me
It is the name of Jesus dear
Who shapes our lives through all the year.”
With that, the children displayed all 5 shapes, except they turned them around to reveal that the shapes each had a big letter on the back side. And together the letters spelled JESUS.
He is the one who shapes your life.
PRAYER: Dear Jesus, you shape my life and change me, especially at Christmas time. You bring me joy and peace, and my worship is more inspiring. Thank you for this season. Give the gift of your new life to many this year. 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.