How Fast Will You Put Away Your Tree?

Retailers begin the run up to Christmas before a child dons a costume for Halloween Trick or Treating. Colors indicate what is coming before the turkey is finished in the oven at Thanksgiving. And, before the weekend is over the tree is down and we are on to New Year's Day.

The Christian Seasons Calendar gives space to think about Advent – the coming of Jesus beyond December 25. Many will light the Christ candle on the 25th and move on. But, the "evergreen tree," after which all artificial trees are modeled may serve as an ongoing image for the always coming into our lives Jesus.

What are the implications? Sundays texts offer a couple of contrasts. In the unread portion of the 1 Samuel passage you have the wicked sons of Eli feeding off the people and young Samuel growing in stature and favor with the Lord and all people. A parallel passage is found in Luke where the young Jesus shares conversations with the religious leaders with whom he will grapple years later for the soul of the way of God. And, the section concludes with a Jesus who increases in wisdom and stature and favor with God and man.

What of our progress? Must we continue to wear the clothes we have always worn? The Apostle Paul contends a new way calls for new clothes. "Put on" those ways of living that reflect the new way of life in Jesus. The umbrella under which all new found traits rest is love.

Maybe if we left our trees up a little longer we would not be so quick to forget the life change demonstrated by Jesus in the first coming calling us to the same in preparation for his second advent.

Jesus invites people into his life and his way. He takes what is and points to the new way of the Kingdom of God.  Come see what this journey is all about!

One way to think about the mission of Jesus - He calls into question the way things are and points to the way things may be in the Kingdom of God. 

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