Poinsettias are traditional Christmas plants that look beautiful on your kitchen table for a centerpiece or at your front door. Do you know the legacy story about the Poinsettia?
Joel Robert Poinsett, amateur botanist and first ambassador to Mexico, introduced poinsettias to the United States in 1825 when he brought some cuttings to this plantation in Greenwood, South Carolina.
The legend of the poinsettia dates back several centuries to a Christmas Eve in Mexico when a little girl named Pepita had no gift to present to the Christ child. Her cousin Pedro urged her to give a humble gift. So, on her way to church, she gathered some weeds she found along the road. As she approached the altar, a miracle happened…the weeds blossomed into brilliant flowers. They were called “Flores de Noche Buena” (flowers of the holy night).
In conclusion, thinking about this legend, what can be applied to our lives today?
The little girl in our story, Pepita desired to humbly give something to Jesus. Are you planning to give a gift to the Lord this Christmas season?
The cousin Pedro was full of encouragement and hope. Who can you encourage this Christmas?
The Indescribable Gift
“Everyone must appear with a gift suited to his means, according to the blessing the Lord your God has given you.” Deuteronomy 16:17
On that holy Christmas night, God gave the greatest Christmas gift of all. God gave not because He had to, but because He loved us. What will you do with this wonderful, indescribable gift?
“It is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty founder was a child himself.” Charles Dickens
“Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!” 2 Corinthians 9:15