A good person leaves an inheritance for their children’s children. (Proverbs 13:22)
Long-standing traditions become Christmas legacies when they are carefully fostered.
For the older generation, it’s a privilege to teach our children and young adults their role in maintaining Christmas beliefs and traditions at BCBC. There’s a feeling of unity and joy when our church family comes together to celebrate the birth of Christ and honor our Savior.
Legend has it that the tradition of presenting poinsettias at Christmas began in Mexico. A poor child knew the joy of giving gifts at Christmas but could afford only to spend time gathered weeds from the side of the road. She then placed them at the church alter on Christmas Eve in remembrance and honor of our Savior, Jesus Christ. As the congregation looked on the weeds turned into brilliant red and green flowers — it was a Christmas miracle.
In the same way, part of our Christmas celebration at Bent Creek Baptist Church is the presentation of poinsettia plants during Sunday service early in December. It’s an opportunity for all of us to remember loved ones who have passed on and honor friends and family with us still. Our young people play an essential role in this pageant. For 15 years this simple ceremony has never failed to bring a smile and a feeling of warmth to each member of the congregation.
Consider this your personal invitation to celebrate Christmas with your neighbors at Bent Creek Baptist Church. Come to enjoy the poinsettias. Stay and rejoice in His love and saving grace.
Thanks to Rick Shuford for the photographs.