The Christmas season is finally here! And not a moment too soon. The year of 2020 has been one giant, hot mess hasn’t it? Aside from our vacay in February, the rest of the year has been one of disappointment, cancellations and frustration.
But there’s magic in the air now. Christmas magic.
And, in our town, it begins with this tree. The Magic Tree.
Started as an annual tradition by our church a few years ago, this 85-foot Sycamore lights up the night from Thanksgiving through early January. It stretches into the night sky and is probably visible for about a mile in every direction if your view is unobstructed by buildings. A light in the darkness.
But why call it a magic tree? After all, churches aren’t suppose to endorse things like that, are they? Isn’t that sort of a disconnect?
Magic: the use of means believed to have supernatural power over natural forces; an extraordinary power or influence seemingly from a supernatural source
We immediately think of the wizarding world, but let’s expand our thinking a bit. The supernatural encompasses a lot of views. Read through the bible and there are numerous examples of instances where the veil between the two realms is lifted for a moment or two and we see things unexplainable by the natural world.
Magic: something that seems to cast a spell; enchantment
I defy you to stand under this tree and not feel the spell of contentment and peace in the middle of the chaos. With more than 38 miles of lights and 200,000+ bulbs It’s both beautiful and enchanting.
Yes, 2020 needs some magic, however you define it. We need enchantment. We need this reminder that darkness can be overcome with light. Each of the 200,000+ bulbs on this tree represent the 200,000+ people in our county. Two hundred thousand people who have the capability of shining in the darkness of this world to remind us there is hope for humanity; hope for peace because of God grace manifested itself through the birth of the Messiah more than 2,000 years ago. A reminder that Christmas is a season to feel joy, hope and peace deep in our hearts.
Christmas is magical. No doubt about it.
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