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Last Monday night I had a strange visitor.This is how it happened.
I have just finished the household chores for the night and was preparing
to go to bed when I heard a noise in the front of the house.
I opened the door and to my surprise, a special visitor stepped out
from behind the tree of lights.
He placed a finger over my lips so I couldn’t cry out.
“What are you doing?” I started to ask, but the words choked up inside me, when I saw he had a tear in his eye. He answered my thoughts and said:
Teach the Children
I was puzzled, What did it mean?
He anticipated my question and brought a miniature toy bag from behind the tree.
As I stood there the visitor said again:
Teach the children
My expression still showed in the near darkness, “teach them the meaning of Christmas—
the meaning that Christmas of today has forgotten.
I started to say “How” when he reached into the bag and pulled out a star
“Teach the Children
the star was the heavenly sign of promises long ago. God promised a Savior for the world and a sign
of the fulfillment of his promises. The countless shining stars at night -
one for each man – now show the burning hope of all mankind.
The visitor gently laid the star upon the mantle and drew forth from the bag a bright red ornament.
“Teach the children
red is the first color of Christmas. It was first used by the faithful people to remind them of the blood which was shed for all people by the Savior. Red is deep – intense, vivid – it is the greatest color of all. It is the symbol of the gift from God.
As it approached midnight, the visitor started to twist and pull another object out of the bag, a Christmas tree.
“Teach the children”
he said, as he placed it in front of the mantle and placed the red ornament on it. Then he continued “Here is the 2nd color of Christmas, the green on the stately fir tree that stays green all year around. Green is the youthful, hopeful, abundant color of nature. All it’s needles point towards heaven –symbolizing man’s returning thoughts toward heaven. The tree has sheltered man, warmed him, made beauty appear, became his furniture.
The visitor’s eyes were no longer filled with tears but started to twinkle. Suddenly I heard a soft tinkling sound. As it grew louder, it seemed like the sound of long ago.
“Teach the children,
that as the lost sheep are found by the sound of a bell, so should it ring for man to return to the fold – it also means that all are precious in the eyes of the Lord.”
Then the visitor lit a candle, He placed it on the mantle and the light filled the room, and the shapes of things in the room
appeared to be dancing on its walls.
“Teach the children
That the candle shows man’s thanks for the star of long ago; its small light is the mirror of the star light. As the 1st candles were placed in the Christmas trees they appeared to be the many glowing stars shining against the dark green. Although safety now has removed the candles and colored lights have taken their place in that rememberance”
As the visitor bent and picked up a present under the tree He pointed to the large bow atop it and said: “A bow is placed on a present to remind us that the bow is tied as man should be tied – all of us together, with the bonds of good will toward each other.
Good will forever is the message of the bow.”
As the visitor reached and slung his bag over his shoulder he reached into the tree
And took out a CANDY CANE. He removed the cover, and handed it to me.
“Teach the Children
That the candy cane represents the shepherd’s crook. The crook on the staff helps bring back the strayed sheep of the flock. The candy cane is the symbol of that we are our brother’s keepers. The wide red stripe is the blood that Our Lord shed for each of us,
and the smaller stripes represent what he suffered.
As he started to walk away, he must of seen the wonderment in my eyes, but I knew he wasn’t through yet. He reached inside his bag and brought forth a large holly wreath. He placed it on the door and said:
“Please teach the children
The wreath symbolizes the eternal nature of love: it never ceases, stops, or ends. It is one continuous round of affection. But it has a 2nd meaning, it is made of many things and in many colors. It should remind us of many things of Christmas.
Please teach the children”
I pondered and wondered and thrilled with delight as I sat and viewed all the symbols in sight. My thoughts were of the visitor and all he made right. To give, to help, to love, and to serve are the best things of life all men can deserve.
Jesus the Christ Child as small as an elf, is the very best symbol of Christmas itself.
He’s the sign of the gift of love and of life, the ending of evil the ceasing of strife.
The message to me on the pre-Christmas night has opened a treasure of deepest insight. The one thing on earth we all ought to do, is the teaching of children the right and the true.
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