I've titled this photograph - 'City of Chicago Old Water Tower Christmas' - because looking at this scene tells me about living with strength and faith.
Strength because the tower, built in 1869, gained prominence after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. In the years since the fire, the tower has become a symbol of old Chicago and of the city's recovery from the fire.
Faith because of many Christians who are missing out on many of the religious Christmas symbols that permeate our society this time of year.
Instead, people become caught up in the commercial aspect of Christmas, while forgetting what those of us who are Christians are actually celebrating.
The most common symbols of Christmas, the Christmas Tree is an evergreen. It stands in stark contrast to the dead, brown, leafless trees of winter. It is ever green and ever alive, reminding us that we are created for everlasting life. The tree is often topped with a star or angel, reminding us of the Star of David and the angels that announced the birth of the Lord Jesus.
When I see these two symbols together in the public square, I'm overcome with joy and reminded of the scriptures.
"Jesus said to the crowds:
"Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,
and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,
for I am meek and humble of heart;
and you will find rest for yourselves.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.""
Matthew 11: 28-30.
Behold, the Lord comes to save his people;
blessed are those prepared to meet him.
Thanks for reading!
Frank J Casella
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