Friday, December 25, 2015
Why Christmas Trees Aren't Perfect by: Richard H. Schneider
Long, long ago evergreen trees were perfect but today you will not find a perfect tree you will find evidence of service. The trees that long ago were so perfect were found in the Carpathian Mountains in Europe. There was a large evergreen forest where the trees would do all they could to grow tall and perfect. Their branches turned up in just the right way and their shade of green is beautiful. All the trees wanted to be chosen as the most beautiful in order to end up in the castle during the Christmas season. One year a new sapling began to grow. All the trees were sure that she would grow up and be the most beautiful and perfect tree ever. However, when an animal needed protection this tree offered her branches to protect the animal. None of the other trees would do this as their branches would no longer be perfect. When an animal needed food she would let the animal nibble her needles. Losing needles also left her no longer perfect. As the queen entered the forest searching for the perfect tree for the castle she saw this tree. The queen saw that this tree was indeed special this tree gave of herself to those in need. The queen ordered that the tree be cut down and placed in the castle. Now all of the trees in the evergreen forest offer protection, food, etc...to those in need.
This book is one I read every year. I renew my dedication to find ways to serve others each day whenever I read it. I hope you and your children will want to offer daily service in the coming year.
Happy Daily Reading