|A brother and sister had made their usual hurried,
obligatory pre-Christmas visit to the little farm where dwelt their elderly
parents with their small herd of horses. The farm was where the siblings
had grown up. The farm had been named Lone Pine Farm because of the one
lone pine tree, which topped the hill behind the farm. Through the years
the tree had become a talisman to the old man and his wife, and a landmark in
the country side. The siblings had fond memories of their childhood here,
but the city hustle and bustle added more excitement to their lives and called
them away to a different life.
The old folks no longer showed their horses. The
As they prepared to leave, the siblings angrily
The old man looked down at his worn boots, holes in
Nothing else…just love.”
Baffled and irritated, the young folks wished their
stole through the valley. The parents shook their heads in sorrow that
it had not been a happy visit, and tears fell upon their cheeks. How is it
that these young folks could not understand the peace of the love that
filled their hearts?
So it was that, because of the unhappy leave-taking,
old barn. None saw the first spark fall. None, that is, but the Old One.
In a matter of minutes, the whole barn was ablaze and
to the barn to save their beloved horses. But the flames were roaring now,
By the time the fire department arrived only smoking, glowing ruins
were left. The man and his wife, exhausted from their grief, huddled
together before the barn. They were speechless as they rose from
as there was nothing anyone could do now.
The man turned to his wife, resting her white head upon his shoulders
as his shaking old hands clumsily dried her tears with a frayed red
bandana. Brokenly he whispered, “We have lost much, but God has
The journey up the hill was hard for their old bodies
beauty before them.
Seemingly, every glorious, brilliant star in the heavens was caught
up in the glittering, snow-frosted branches of their beloved pine.
It was aglow with heavenly candles, and poised on its top most bough
as the old man held his wife tighter in his arms.
Suddenly, the man gave a cry of wonder and incredible
Bedded down about the Old One close to the trunk of
Tears flowed as the old couple shouted their praise
This is a true story…
an inspirational message sent with the hope that it will make your day –
and your Christmas season –
just a little bit brighter.