Sunday, December 03, 2006

3rd Day of Christmas - Tree Lights

Today's tradition is Christmas tree lights. This story starts one December night in the early 1500s. A professor named Martin Luther was walking through the forest and noticed the unusual brightness of the stars against the clear night sky. As he walked through the evergreens it appeared to him the stars were dancing within the branches and he was overcome with a feeling of worship to God for the beauty of His creation.

Luther then chopped down a small fir tree to take home and put in his family's living area so he could capture that moment in the forest. As he attempted to describe the beauty of what he had seen and felt to his family, words failed him. Then he had an idea and started gathering up all the lit candles in the house. He carefully placed them amid the branches of the little fir tree and the room came alive with dancing lights!

When you look at the lights on your tree think of Psalm 19:1

The heavens tell of the glory of God. The skies display his marvelous craftsmanship.

The Christmas tree with its beautiful lights should remind us of the awesome beauty of God's creation!

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