Trevor wrote this before he passed and we post this now that it is Advent…. 🙂
Hi this is Trevor and today I am writing the blog as dad goes to Church. It is now Advent and dad loves this religious season most of all. He told us last night a story about the guy who found the branch of the church Dad attends. A guy named Martin Luther. The story he told was very interesting as we collies learned about the Christmas Tree and how the tradition was founded.
It seems, this Martin Luther was one night during the Advent Season walking outside in the moonlight. It had lightly snowed that evening and he came upon a bunch of Fir trees with the stars shining in the cold clear sky above, the light snow glowing upon the branches of the Firs, ice hanging down from the limbs and he was deeply inspired by the beauty of God’s creation! He was so inspired he cut down a Fir Tree and brought it home and put it up with his family.
You see, Luther taught his family the Fir Tree (fir means fire) represents the Holy Spirit (Dad says the Holy Spirit appears as fire in the Bible), the evergreen represents the resurrection of Jesus, the Star on top the Star of Bethlehem, the tree points up to God, and that all creation is represented in the tree. The Candles or lights represent the coming of Jesus into the world to be our Light! It was a beautiful tradition that caught on quickly and spread across Europe and eventually the world.
However, while I believe this it true I also know Martin Luther was a very smart, practical man who also was cranky at times and I know he loved Dogs. So, I Trevor think that instead of getting up on those cold winter nights to let out his Collie, he instead gave it indoor plumbing and the tree got watered at the same time….. good old smart man that Martin Luther was!
So, that is the story Dad told us about Martin Luther and the Tree with my commentary. I can imagine the collie whining to be let out at 3 am with the fire place just embers, the cold wind blowing and Luther getting up moaning “Lord have Mercy!”, with Katie Luther sighing “lord Have mercy” as she was awakened from a long winter’s nap and the dog thinking “Lord have Mercy, hurry up I have to go!” I Trevor think the Lord heard this and had mercy by inspiring Martin Luther to bring indoor plumbing in for the Collie. 🙂 But, what do I know? After all, I am just a dog…