Today's Devotional - December 21 & 22
Visions of Christmas: Seeing Blue
And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Blue is the calming color in the rainbow — the color of infinite sky and ocean. "True blue" means loyal and faithful. In England, a blue sapphire engagement ring is a symbol of fidelity and loyalty. Blue ribbons signify the highest prize, a blue-ribbon panel consists of the most knowledgeable people, and a blue-chip stock is one of great value. A "blue blood" is a person of nobility or high rank, while a blue-collar worker is a hardworking tradesman who works with his hands.
Think how many of those images could be applied to Jesus of Nazareth, whose birth we celebrate this coming week: infinity, beauty, faithfulness, fidelity, high value, nobility, and a tradesman who worked with His hands. Blue is not a traditional color of Christmas, but it is a color brought to mind by the character of Christ. Blue calls to mind the wonder and infinity of the Savior who left the nobility of heaven to be born in a stable in blue-collar Bethlehem. Too often we focus on the celebration of Christmas while overlooking the Celebrant Himself.
This Christmas, remember the marvel and mystery, the wonder and wonderment of God coming to earth as Man — and doing it for you!
James 1 - 2 Peter 3