12.08.2007

Star of Light


O star of wonder, star of light,
Star with royal beauty bright,
Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us to thy perfect light.

It seems I always get a little melancholy before Christmas. Perhaps it's just the expectations of the season but something always happens to lift my spirits. The first year we moved out to the country it was close to Christmas. To be honest I wasn't thrilled about moving out here. It just seemed like everything was so far away when I needed to shop for things. That first Christmas we were visiting a new church for Christmas Eve service. It was the tiniest little church and very, very old with a lot of history. As we were driving to the church it started to snow.....just enough to make every thing so much more Christmasy. The service that night in that little tiny church was just beautiful. No electricity, just candlelight, with the altar banked in white poinsettias given by the families of the church. On the way home I was quietly humming the song We Three Kings Of Orient Are when off in a distant field I saw this lone little cedar tree all lit up in white lights with a star on top. That tree was the most beautiful sight I had seen all season, much more beautiful than any glitzy decorations I had seen in the city. There were no houses nearby and I don't know how they lit that tree up but I was just mesmerized. Driving farther up the road we did see a house and I asked my husband to pull off the road. I wrote a note telling them how much that brightly lit little tree had moved me. I wrote out a check and told them to spend it on themselves for something they wanted or donate it to charity and left it in the mailbox. Last night I drove by that little tree sitting there way out in the middle of the field to try and take a photo of it. LOL...they've put colored lights on it now but that's okay. That sweet tree still means the world to me.

29 comments :

Alison Gibbs said...

How wonderful to find a beautiful christmas tree in a field like that.
Alison

Janet said...

Lynn,
What a nice story. Sometimes its the smallest of gestures that mean s the most to us.

Janet

Naturegirl said...

What a lovely story and what a wonderful act of Christmas sharing for both!It's the little unexpected JoyS that is the true meaning of Christmas isn't it!! :)NG

Biscuits & Grits said...

I am so thrilled you stopped by for a visit. Please come again.
And thank you for the invitation; as you can see it did not take me long to answer it. I just love that little tree and the story of the little church on Christmas Eve. We also have a candle light service on Christmas Eve - it just would not be Christmas without it.

I can't wait to look around and get to know you better. What I see so far has me excited!

Blessings,
Robin

Linda said...

Hi Lynn, what a sweet story, and a very special memory you will always hold close to your heart. Linda

BittersweetPunkin said...

How wonderful.........I don't know what else to say.

Elzie said...

I have the same feelings about the time before Christmas as you. Always feel a bit down the weeks before. And what a lovely story you have. I would love to visit that small church with no electrical light at all. It's only one thing I wish had not changed and that's the color of the candles on the small tree LOL.
Hope you're having a wonderful Sunday.
Love Elzie

Bristol said...

Lynn- What a sweet story, you always make me smile~~
Bristol

Brenda said...

very nice and im sure so sweet. I love the country and the smells during Christmas.

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage said...

I just love your story ~ isn't it neat how just the little sweet things can make such an impact on us ~ it just goes to show that we really don't need all of the glitz and glamour ~

Classic Charm said...

Lynn,
What a lovely story...and you are so generous and kind. What a big heart you have.

And thanks for stopping in to wish dad a Happy Birthday. I showed him the blog at my sister's house this evening...and well he was all smiles. Thank you it truly meant a lot.
Rose

Amy at Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Oh Lynn, what a beautiful story!!! I love the tree too! thank you so much for sharing.

Hugs,
Amy

Sherry said...

I certainly know that melancholy feeling...specific hymns/carols/songs just make me so misty eyed. Remembering years past, people no longer with me. I think it's one of the necessary parts of this season .. especially at this time of year when it's about love, sharing, peace and spirit.

Lynn, I've left a little something for you at Esprit*d'art today!

Ruth Welter said...

Hi Lynn, I get that feeling after the holidays...usually thinking about the rest of the winter ahead. But you are right, it always passes. I also feel that way in the spring, although, I cannot imagine why since I'm always happy when spring comes, go figure.

Amber said...

Lynn, you brought tears to my eyes! What a beautiful story about the Christmas tree. I am kind of like you...I get a bit melancholy. And you're right...the expectations are the root of it. Kind of like when I was a kid and I'd be a bit blue the day after Christmas, because after all the build-up, it was over. Nowadays, I try to focus on slow down, keeping it simple and real, and enjoying the entire season of Advent as much as Christmas Day itself. Your knack for seeing the poignancy in everyday, simple things is a gift...and I appreciate you sharing it with us!

Michelle said...

Lynn, Thank you for sharing this story..it touched my heart. Michelle

Joy said...

That is such a sweet story Lynn. The photo really captures your sentiments. I can't even imagine how they got it lit - must be a lot of extension cords!

Thanks for sharing :)

Kathleen Grace said...

Isn't it funny that it is the simple little pleasures of soft winter snow and unexpected beauty that really make the best Christmas memories? Thank you for sharing that story:>)

Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...

What a beautiful sight and what a wonderful story Lynn. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Hugs,
Dena

BellaColle said...

Aww... I'm havin' a hard time getting into the Spirit of Christmas myself this year..for some reason.. ;) ...your tree has helped!! Our family is soo blessed, I just want our boys to see what It Is About...it's not just stuff..Thank you for sharing your sweet story.
hugs.

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Hi Lynn,
What a beautiful story. I loved hearing about the little church in the country and that tree is wonderful!
Penny
p.s. thanks for the nice words about Kims Mosaic Birdhouse :-)

Jenn and Jacqui said...

Hi Lynn, a gorgeous story and a gorgeous tree, how amazing. We knew you were a special person :) Jenn and Jacqui xo

Esther Sunday said...

Great story, thanks, Lynn, I needed that! Reading this and the other comments, it is good to know I am not the only one that feels a bit blue before Christmas. I don't know why. Maybe cuz my parents live so far away, maybe cuz my 16 year old is at the stage she wants no fussing of anytype of from me, I resent the commercial stress... Love to ya, Esther

Sandi McBride said...

So glad that you have discovered the joys of country living. I have lived in some of the largest cities in the world and I wouldn't go back to it for anything...except maybe London...yeah, I'd move back to the motherland in a heartbeat...

FrenchGardenHouse said...

Lynn,

What a wonderful post to start my day! Isn't it so great how God can move us and touch our hearts with a small simple thing?

The sight of that tree out there in the middle of a field, what a photo! speaks of the human spirit, or the spirit of Christmas, or something.....xo Lidy

bj said...

Your sweet story moved me to tears...I seem to stay in a state of tears during this most precious of seasons. HE always seems so close and when I see something touching, it brings a flood of tears. Thanks for sharing your precious story and photo.
bj

PAT said...

Such a beautiful post, Lynn! I loved every single bit of it! Thank you!
Pat

Susie Q said...

Oh Lynn. What a beautiful post, and one that brought tears to my eyes.

Thank you for this sweet blessing today. I loved it so...

Hugs,
Sue

Redneck Nerdboy! said...

It is unique! And quite lovely. I'm sorry you get a little bummed long about this season. That's why rum sales go through the roof though, for all those that get bummed!

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