Today’s word is beautify. I had some ideas about this earlier in the day, but just didn’t have a chance to get at it until now.
I love to decorate my house during the Advent season, getting ready for the Christmas celebration. At last count we have about a dozen different nativities – not as many as some, but a lot more than many. We put them all out but the Baby Jesus’ don’t go in until after the Christmas Eve service. It is about getting ready for the amazing beauty that is the Incarnation. It is a tradition we started even before we had children.
The favourite of our sets is the one the dear one and I made together. Our first Advent as a married couple we realized we had no decorations, not one! We decided that we would make our own nativity set from toilet paper tubes, construction paper and glue. A couple of years later the dear one built a stable and we modified some of the characters but we still have many of the originals.
There it sits on the sideboard in the dining room with the collection of angels. A place of honour and beauty in our home. God came into the world in the form of a beautiful baby. A baby that was loved and cherished. A baby that lived, shared that life and God’s love with others, that went to the cross, died and then was resurrected. All for us. We beautify because we have been loved and we want to share the joy of that love with others.