By Lynn Wellumson
WMF National President
When we were returning our home to normal after Christmas, we put out our live Christmas tree out in the front yard. There was just enough snow that it stood upright and we awaited the notice in the paper where trees could be disposed of properly. We, then, happily made a grandparent visit across state and took a little vacation. When we returned home, the notice concerning trees was prominently posted, which was all well and good, but new snow had fallen and frozen several times and our little tree wasn’t going anywhere until spring. Several times looking out our bay window this winter, I have realized that a tree planted exactly where our Christmas tree is standing would be a very good idea. It actually looks planned, well-trimmed, just waiting for the birds to come back this spring. Just this week the truth about this tree is becoming evident. It’s getting brown and a little shriveled looking. With no root system, no way to get water, with brutal weather elements, it cannot stand the truth of its condition.
On our own, we are just like that tree. God loved us too much to leave us that way and has provided salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ. With His promises, we can know the assurance of sins forgiven, the hope of a heavenly home, and peace through trials. His Word, the Bible, contains all we need to know of Jesus’ finished work on our behalf. Ephesians 3: 17b-19 reassures us:
“And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (NIV)