Eternity and Evergreens

“He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also set eternity into their heart, yet so that man will not find out the work which God has done from the beginning even to the end.” – Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NASB)

People honor Advent in a variety of ways. Some fast and pray for a period of time, as they do during Lent. Others use an Advent calendar to mark the days and remember the gift of a babe in a manger. In some churches, Advent takes yet another form: decorations. People set out evergreen trees, lights, and the Advent wreath with its symbolic candles.

The wreath, though, stands alongside the candles as a symbol. Like the trees, the wreath is evergreen. It also is a circle. The symbolism quickly becomes apparent—the wreath stands as a testament to eternity.But perhaps the Advent wreath points to more than God’s eternal nature. It could simultaneously remind us of the life we receive through God’s Son, Jesus. In Christ, we partake of everlasting life (John 4:1-26). We become eternally evergreen.

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