Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The Pine Tree Parable (how to love your "neighbor" as yourself...or, maybe just how to RECEIVE)

The Parable Series: The Pine Tree Parable

The evergreen tree is a symbol of lasting life.  In this sweet little story a Christmas tree farmer's wife makes a sacrificial choice.  A little girl picks the tree that is not for "sale".  The one tree that is "special", that they keep year after year.  I love the symbolism. God sacrificed his one and very "only" Son.  Salvation is a gift that can not be "bought". Only received. By those with child-like faith. HOPE.

"The farmer's wife watched her favorite pine tree as it fell to the snowy ground.  Tears shone in her eyes.  She brushed them away like snowflakes.  Yes, it was a great sacrifice. But it brought even greater j☺y.  Isn't that just like Christmas?"

This CHRISTmas, let's celebrate the joy of receiving.  Yes, that is what I said.  RECEIVE. Receive the forgiveness and sacrificial love of God sent down to us in Jesus!
that you may believe
 that Jesus is the Messiah,
the Son of God,
 and that by believing
you may have life
in his name

Liz Curtis Higgs

*ages 1-5
*A classic Christmas story in the popular sturdy, oversized board book format
* Gold Medallion Book Award Winner & part of the best-selling Parable Series with over 1.4 million copies sold
*Great selection to celebrate the Christmas season
I received a copy of this book for the purpose of review

1 comment:

  1. We have this in our CCS library and I usually read it to my class. A great book!