Growing up it was tradition to take the tree down the weekend after New Year’s, after the holidays’ rush. In my own home, I found it a time of contemplation and solitude…everyone disappeared when it came to un-decking! It gave me a chance for reflection.


Pictures of Christmases past,
Fill my album with joys that last,
Season once again upon us,
Speaks of love, faith, hope and Jesus.

Baby in her arms has grown,
Reminds me of two sons at home,
Could I give them to the world?
Watch as life becomes a whirl?

Love much too deep to understand,
Has left me with this golden strand,
Of tapestry not yet completed,
Will they go where they are needed?

She pondered love deep in her heart,
That’s how she managed her small part,
But still I wonder how it felt,
To see destiny as she knelt.
                              Diana E. Greene © 1985

“To see destiny as she knelt…”

My two sons were six and three when I wrote this poem after the holiday rush. I had no idea how their lives were going to turn out, but I knew what I didn’t want for them…the alcoholism and other dysfunctions that ran in my family for generations.

I was the first Christian to wholeheartedly give my life to Jesus in my family. Which meant I said “yes” to God’s invitation to speak into my life and change its direction. I wanted that same change for my boys so that day of un-decking I diligently prayed for God’s help.

Born into Someone Else’s Story

We are all born into someone else’s story. When Jesus came into Mary’s story, she was engaged, but not married. Her saying, “Yes” to God: put her life at risk because in her culture you marry first and then become pregnant.

She believed the angel, she believed God was asking her, a peasant girl, a nobody, to carry His son. She focused on believing what the angel had told her:  

“The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby born to you will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God.” (Luke 1:35 NLT)

Unlike Mary, I had no idea the destiny of my sons. I had no one telling me how their lives would turn out, but I did have God’s promise,

“Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old (when he has hair on his chin) he will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6 (NIV)

“Train them,” God was saying, “to follow me, and your heart will not be grieved.”

Like Mary, I believed God. I believed if I: listened, trusted, and responded, my children would grow in faith and live a life grounded in Him. Not only did my sons grow up to be upstanding young men, they married women who were also childhood believers. My grandchildren are being raised to follow Jesus.

I am so thankful I choose to say “yes” to God.

Weaving a Golden Strand

God weaves a golden strand through our children’s lives. He shows us how the Golden Strand of His deep steadfast love can be embedded in the tapestry of their lives.

Undoubtedly, we have no idea where our children are going, but believe God most definitely has a plan! God wants you to invest your time, yourself into the calling He has on their life.

Choose to say “yes” to God and follow His will for your life…every day. Believe that decision will change the destiny of your children’s or grandchildren’s lives.

Your children and grandchildren can follow God’s will, because you had faith, because you chose to act on your “yes” to God as you followed Him in your daily decisions.