Saturday, December 12, 2015

Reflecting Christmas: The Poinsettia

Today is 12/12/15 and believe it or not it's a National Holiday. What Holiday you may ask? Well, it is National Poinsettia Day. So, there is no better day than today for me to share this next chapter from our upcoming eBook "Reflecting Christmas." This is probably one of the more significant chapters and I really enjoyed what I learned as I wrote and researched this section.  

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 The Poinsettia is a very special flower to many during the Christmas season. They are used for decoration in churches, hotels, businesses and many other places. The question, though, is why?  At first glance there doesn’t seem to be anything special about them.  Some say that when they bloom, the combination of the red and green leaves create what looks like a star, but how does that connect with the holiday season? 

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Well, many in the Christian faith believe that these leaves that form the shape of a star are symbolic of the Star of Bethlehem, which led the Wise Men to the new born Savior. Others would say that the red leaves symbolize the blood that would be spilled during the resurrection of that same Savior.17 The only question left to be asked in this case would be, “What about the pink, the yellow or even the white poinsettias?” All are important colors and need to be remembered, but I just want to highlight the red ones for now.
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 There is an interesting legend that has found its way into the history of the Christmas Poinsettia, about a young child who was on her way to a special church service on Christmas Eve. She wanted nothing more than to give the baby Jesus a gift.  Because of this, her heart was filled with sadness instead of joy. A young boy then tells the young girl that even the most humble gift given in love would be acceptable in His eyes. In response to this, the young girl spots some pretty green blossoms on the side of the road, picks them up and turns them into a bouquet. 
Upon giving this gift to baby Jesus at the nativity, suddenly the green leaves turn red. Legend says this happened because the young girl had given the gift of sincere love.18 Since then, the poinsettia has been given the name 'Flores de Noche Buena', or 'Flowers of the Holy Night',17 thus becoming a living representation of the love that was brought into the world on that cold winter night. The symbolism in this alone is a very powerful reminder of what “Reflecting Christmas” is all about.

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 We are given the opportunity each day to be a living representation of the love that was brought into the world that cold winter night. How and if we decide to do this is based on how we view each day we encounter.  Let us not miss out on this opportunity, but become imitators of God as dearly loved children and live in love (Ephesians 5:1-2 NET). Let us remind ourselves that just as Christ is the living representation of love, we can be as well. 

Each time we see the Christmas Poinsettia, let it instill in our hearts the desire to show love to those around us.  Love is the most powerful attribute a person can ever have the joy of experiencing and we can bring that joy to those around us. All we have to do is imitate Christ as the passage in Ephesians stated. As you begin to search for ways to embrace the Christmas Poinsettia in the year ahead, seek to embrace the joy that loving others can bring you as well.

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Stand Strong and continue to believe the teachings given to you... (2 Thes. 2:15b NCV),


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