December 3, 2018
Miracles of Christmas
John 15:11 I have told you this so that you will be filled with my joy.
The beautiful blossoms of the poinsettia have long been the traditional flower of the Christmas season. The best-known legend of the poinsettia comes from Taxco del Alarcon in southern Mexico, where the flower blooms in the winter, and the story is this:
Two small, very poor children were walking toward the church for Christmas Eve Services. They were sad because they did not have a gift to lay beside the baby Jesus in the nativity scene. They decided to pick some weeds along the side of the road and hold them tightly in the shape of a small bouquet. As they entered the chapel, they walked toward the nativity scene and placed the bouquet near the baby Jesus and said a silent prayer. Suddenly, as though it was a miracle, the bouquet of weeds turned into a bright burst of red flowers: poinsettias. They came to be known as “Flowers of the Holy Night” or “Flores de Noche Buena”.
Christmas is truly a season of miracles. The birth of the Christ Child who was born so we could have eternal life is the true miracle of Christmas! The poinsettia is just a beautiful reminder.
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