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Date Created: 12/18/15
The Little Crooked Pine Having reached the street part where the Christmas tree great deal was located, Mr Andrews decided to go on back home. He'd passed the Christmas tree lot many times over the past days traveling to and from function. Each time he passed, he'd wished he had enough money to buy a tree. But now he would just have to tell their little son, Timmy, the facts. He didn't have any money to buy the family a christmas tree. Then, just as he turned toward home the little crooked pine caught their attention. When the man threw it over the fence most of the snow had been shaken off. Now its green branches could be seen through the snowfall that had since fallen. The actual lot was empty and the lights were turned off, also it was easy to see this one tree had been discarded. "oh yea, dear Lord!" Mr. Tim said excitedly. "A xmas tree! Why, it must be one that didn't sell before they got ready to close up." Quickly, reaching down, he carefully picked up the little crooked pinus radiata and dusted off the leftover snow. "I can't believe it!" he explained, smiling. Then he gently positioned it on his make. His steps were much lighter as he hurried back along the path toward home. He could hardly wait to obtain there to show the little tree to his wife. Christmas morning arrived with Timmy jumping out of bed and rushing as fast as he could into the living room. He was anxious to see the tree which God sent to them in answer to his prayer. Entering the room, he gasped with excitement. There it was - draped with the long, colorful paper chain which he had helped make - and on top was Mommy's beautiful white paper angel! "oh yea ! Mommy and Daddy, as well as Mark!" Timmy shouted along with excitement. "Aren't you happy! consider the tree God sent to us. Isn't it a beautiful Christmas sapling !" Timmy quickly reached down and placed little Mark's hands together, helping him to clap. Baby tag laughed, then started crawling toward the Christmas tree. Timmy looked at the tree again, and began clumsily jumping up and down, clapping their hands with glee. "Look! Look!" He shouted. "The paper chain is just the right size!" Then all of a sudden Timmy stopped jumping and clapping. He noticed some thing about the tree. He moved up closer. There was something different relating to this Christmas tree that had caused him to get very quiet. For a moment, Timmy simply stood looking at it. He looked down at the bottom then all the way to the top. Finally, nearly in a whisper, he explained, "Oh, Mommy, look! the Christmas tree is twisting over just so that tag and I can see the beautiful whitened angel on the top." Mrs. Andrews had been watching her young son closely as he experienced suddenly stopped to look at the tree. Now her eye moistened with tears of joy, as smiling happily she responding softly, "yes, Timmy, dear - it's a perfect Christmas tree, isn't it" Mr. Andrews, had been standing quietly in the doorway watching and listening. He fallen his head while rapidly brushing away the tears that had suddenly filled their eyes. They had sprung up out of his heart, so filled with joy. "Thank you, lord," he said quietly. For "thank you for once again proving your love and faithfulness to us. I'll never doubt you once again." As the rays from the Christmas morning sun streamed brightly through the window, the little crooked pine tree stood surrounded by a room filled with happiness. He smiled as he considered the wonder of it all. Their dream of being a beautiful christmas tree, and making some little boy or girl pleased had finally come true. All through the years while he had been growing on the hillside, the small crooked pine had never felt such warmth -- and so much love. Are you, like Mr. Andrews, thinking that all hope is lost. God has a purpose in your life. "I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts associated with peace, and not of bad, to give you an expected end." (Jeremiah 29:11) Jeremiah 29
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