Faith Column: It's evergreen for a reason

For some reason, this year I decided to learn more about evergreen trees. I guess with the Christmas rush upon us and all the tree lots open, I felt an urge to look deeper in to the subject.

In fact, as you search for the perfect Christmas tree, you will note that there are several species, the "Cadillac" being the Fraser fir, according to some Christmas tree gurus.

What do all Christmas trees have in common? I learned that all "official" Christmas trees (some people use what they can find) are evergreen trees. And according to definition, and as long as they are planted properly, an evergreen tree keeps its foliage all year long. In other words, an evergreen tree/plant does not lose its foliage and/or needles in the fall of the year, like our big tree on the side of the house.

So what's so profound about my study of evergreens - especially at this time of year? Long ago, in a very simple structure, the Savior of the world was born to an ordinary man and women - I suppose they were a bit extraordinary because God had chosen them for a miraculous purpose. Jesus of Nazareth, born in a lowly stable, was/is God's way of saying that His great love for you and for me will never end, will never run out, will never fall away, will never dry up and die, like the leaves on the tree near our house.

Yes, indeed, I wonder if the evergreen tree was intentionally selected as the "Christmas tree" to remind the world that God's great love for us survives all things - perhaps there is much more to the Christmas tree than we thought!

I'll see you in church, the grocery store, working out at the gym or around town.

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