Christmas Cactus

The Christmas Cactus

A small and powerful reminder that there is still hope and growth in the cold, dark seasons, just as there is in the warm, bright seasons.

I guess it makes perfect sense that it blooms at Christmas time.

A time when we remember: In the soft infant skin, in the wonder-filled infant eyes, in the dependent infant body, redemption was making its way through the birth canal to enter a cold, dark world. Under an oppressive ruler, the babe birthed not only represented freedom, but was in fact freedom himself. In a time when the Israelites were wearily waiting amongst unanswered requests for a Savior, from Mary, bloomed the answer.

The Christmas Cactus quietly snuck its beauty into my heart and made its way to the top of my “favorite plants” chart.

I am thankful for its soft and wonder-filled nature.

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