Monday, December 1, 2014

The Christmas Cactus

The Christmas flower is a thing of beauty only when it blooms. The rest of the time it is quite plain looking. It is God's symbol of love even in the coldest months, when all else has become dormant. The little Christmas flower opens its blossoms as God's love is always present even in the darkest times.

We need not worry, His love will always shine through and open our hearts to the beauty around us. We learn that there is a time for everything and like the little Christmas flower await our time to bloom. It sits patiently waiting while all the roses and asters, marigolds, lilies, and all the other flowers bloom through spring, summer, and fall.

And just when we think the world a plain thing slowly it opens its buds to the world in profusion and beauty. It is a cactus without thorns or leaves, but on the tip of each flat branch lives hope and wonder. The trees may be bare of leaves, the ground covered with snow.

When other things are bare, it blooms. See, God says, I have not forgotten you. All is well with the world and Christmas is coming. Remember this is a time of birth and beauty. New life and new hope. A time to rejoice and to share your love with others.

A time to give and a time to receive. It is not about how much we give but what we give and the most important of these is love. We don't need to wrap it in fancy packages or tie it with bows. For as the plain little Christmas cactus its beauty is in how it blossoms.

When we give things of time and care, when we have patience to wait, when we learn to be open and giving, when we learn not to compare but be who we are, God gives us all that we need to grow and to bloom. Dear little Christmas flower thank you for reminding me of all the blessings of today and the abundance of God's love.