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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Christmas Trees

The Christmas Tree is widely used in our celebration of Christmas. Some of our fondest memories of Christmas probably revolve around a tree that was placed in our homes during the season. Green trees, blue trees, frosty snow-covered trees, inside a warm room. Lighted trees, living trees, all are trees of Christmas. Our use of Christmas trees is so widespread, we have forgotten the beginning. Martin Luther put lighted candles on his tree to recapture the glistening twigs of the tree in the forest. He had been walking home and was amazed at the beauty of the stars. He also topped his tree with a star to commemorate that star which was in the Bethlehem sky as recorded in scriptures: "Behold, there came wise-men from the East to Jerusalem, saying, 'Where is He that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the East and we have come to worship Him.'" He said the Christmas tree, with its top pointing up to heaven, was like hands folded in prayer, pointing to the throne of grace, from which we received our Savior. 

David said, But I pray to you, Lord, in the time of your favor; in your great love, O God, answer me with your sure salvation.
And His (and our) prayer was answered - His name is Jesus.