Keeping Twenty-Five Alive!

As I neared the end of taking down all my Christmas lights, I paused momentarily and sat on my front steps. It was always a pain to put up the lights and take them down. Now I was almost done. Just one lone tree remained to strip off its lights. A certain sadness entered my soul as I pondered on the significance of those lights. Just days before, as my wife and I pulled into the driveway when the lights were in “full bloom” on my house, she mentioned how wonderful it was to have those lights on. There was a certain warmth and love that you feel from holiday lights. So as I sat there that day, I began associating all the good things in my life with those lights. I started to ‘count my blessing’ per se and started to thank the Lord above for all the good things that had come into my life because of my upbringing and the faith I had been taught to have regarding mankind and the universe. I felt a rush of momentary joy fill my soul, and I felt my eyes well up with tears. Life is full of tragedy, which seems to visit all of us on a weekly basis. But, for a moment, I basked in the memory of light.

After composing myself, I got up and looked at the last lighted tree, and I thought to myself, “I’m leaving the lights on! I’m leaving them on, and I’m going to light them up every twenty-fifth of the month this year as a reminder of all the good things I have in my life! And so I packed up all my Christmas lights that day, but I left the lights on my corner tree. And I lit it up on January 25th, Febuary 25th, March 25th, and I will do it again tonight. I don’t know what the neighbors think, but I guess we live in the land of the free.

So this year, I’m turning that tree on each 25th of the month. And I’m inviting you to join me because as I looked out my window last night and saw that tree, it brought me to the remembrance of all that is good in my life. And it stands as a reminder to me to thank the Lord for my many blessings, no matter how small.

So, if you desire next month, light up one of your trees in remembrance of Christ, and all that is good! Wouldn’t it be wonderful to keep twenty-five alive in our hearts and bask just one more night in the blessings that come from the gospel light?

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