1 : archaic : a useful accessory
2 a : something that lends grace or beauty
   b : a manner or quality that adorns
3 : one whose virtues or graces add luster to a place or society
4 : the act of adorning or being adorned
5 : an embellishing note not belonging to the essential harmony or melody

In this Christmas season we see all kinds of ornaments hanging on trees, houses, and street lamps. I suppose even the blow up decorations might be considered and ornament according to the definitions above.

There are of course the shiny ball ornaments and ones that look like angels, snowflakes, and stars. Snowmen, reindeer, birds, icicles, and miscellaneous representations of toys and presents. Garland, tinsel, and lights all hanging on the Christmas tree. Outside a house may be adorned with lights and lawn decorations that display joy and excitement for the season.

We are an ornament of God. “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.” Matthew‬ ‭5:14‬ ‭NLT‬‬, so we should shine forth brightly. Our virtues and grace should add to every place that we are a part of society. We should display a pick me up attitude in all that we do and allow God’s peace and presence to carry us when we have struggles. As we have been adorned with the beauty of Christ we must reveal that inner beauty by working in the fruits of the Spirit, “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!” Galatians‬ ‭5:22-23‬ ‭NLT‬‬. If we live out our lives showing these fruits we will create a desire in others to be more like us and that opens the door for us to discuss the work of Christ in us.

Lord, may we be shinning ornaments for you. Let us keep our bulbs hooked to the Spirit for our source of power. Keep our shiny balls polished to reflect your image to others. May we reveal your beauty and the wonderful plan you set forth in the garden. The plan of redemption from evil. I praise you Lord for the opportunity and responsibility you have given to me a simple man, but a man who is never alone and relying on you. Bless your name, oh Lord. Amen.

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