Many people chose to have a real Christmas tree, and apart from the different species, there are two types you can buy, one with roots, or one that has been chopped down.  When either type of tree is taken home and put in a pot, trimmed with baubles, tinsel and fairy lights you don’t notice the difference, but when they have been in the house for a while in the heat, the one with no roots will begin to shed its needles, while the one with roots can be watered and can flourish despite the heat of the house.  It’s the same with people; we look similar but it’s roots that make the difference.  The apostle Paul says “Let your roots grow down into Him (Jesus) and draw up nourishment so you will grow in faith, strong and vigorous in the truth”.  He also says “May your roots go deep down into the soil of God’s marvellous love”.  When our trials and problems come and we feel the heat or face the storms of life if we are rooted in Jesus we are able to stand.  This Christmas we are celebrating God’s love for us.  He loved us so much that he gave us the gift of His only Son, and if we are rooted in Him we have a sure and certain hope of eternal life.  When Christmas is over, some of us will have a tree with roots that we can plant in the garden, and some of us will have an old dead tree that will need to be thrown out, and some of us will know the love of God in our lives because we are rooted in Him and His love.  What better time than the season of giving and receiving gifts to receive the greatest gift of all, God’s son, into our hearts and lives so that we can experience that love for ourselves!!