“The Memory Tree” is a short Christmas story written by Charlie Liebert. Reading it to your family is an easy and effective way to share the gospel at Christmas dinner or when you tell stories around the tree. It can be read in about 15 minutes. Some readers have used the story as a script to tell the story as a skit or play.
Can a Christmas tree planted, more than 50 years ago, in memory of Ruth and Barry’s grandfather speak to their father, Harry? Harry’s been bitter for years about the death of his wife Charlotte on Christmas Eve. Harry’s memory went back to that afternoon 28 years before. Charlotte shouting; “Harry!” as the truck suddenly appeared out of the rain. The sound of the crash was deafening. Harry awoke, aware of being wet and some hands on his shoulder. The awful pain in his back made everything seem fuzzy. He heard someone say, “This one’s still alive, but the woman’s dead.”
His grandson Barry poked him, and he came back to the present. Before he continued telling the story, he asked, in his mind: “How could a God that loves us let Charlotte die?” He’d never gotten an answer he could accept.
He continued: “Why did one tree have to die for the other to live?” He asked the children, unsure himself of the answer. All the bitterness of the years came back suddenly, and he felt tears well up in his eyes.
“That’s what Charlotte said, ‘He had to die to give us life,'” he almost shouted. He understood that the tree had a message for him all along. All these years he hadn’t seen it. Jesus had to die so we could live. We couldn’t sacrifice ourselves, we weren’t worthy, but He was worthy to pay our debt. Now it was clear, Jesus had died to give Harry life. “O Lord how could I have been so blind!! I need you, Jesus,” he thought.
Author’s Note: Pause, if necessary to clarify the Gospel.[
Ten years later Harry lay on the bed overlooking the backyard. The tree was now old like him and ready to die. The last ten years had been kind to him, and he had many chances to share Jesus. But now the end was almost here. It looked like another winter storm. In the darkening sky, the wind blew strong. Just as Harry breathed out his last breath, the wind picked up and the memory tree cracked at the base and fell into the Slazer’s yard.
Richard Slazer was reading in John when he heard the tree fall. “Verily, verily, I say unto you, except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abides alone; but if it dies, it brings forth much fruit.” Richard got up from his chair and went out into the yard to look at the fallen tree. As he looked at the base where it had cracked and broken, he noticed a tiny branch poking its head up through the soil next to the broken stump. Perhaps a new tree will grow in its place, he thought, as he hurried in to escape the coming storm.
Charlie is the author of three books and seven short stories published on Amazon, Kindle.
Three Books: 1) “Always Be Ready to Give an Answer! A Former Atheist’s Personal Christian Evangelism Plan.” 2) ANSWERS For “The Hope That Is in You. Direct, Simple Answers to the World’s “Hard” Questions” Both at http://yourchristiananswers.com 3) “Without 3 Miracles Darwin’s Dead! Science Proves Atheistic Evolution is IMPOSSIBLE.” Available at http://www.w3mdarwinsdead.com
Amazon/Kindle short stories written by Charlie Liebert: 1) The Memory Tree. A Christmas Story. 2) Helene at Mama Henney’s Boarding School for Girls. 3) Lost in Yellowstone: Sarah Johanson disappears without a trace. 4) Yellowstone’s Child: “Who am I? Sarah Johanson, Sally Graham, Sally Johnson or Detective Elaine Scott.” NO! She’s Yellowstone’s Child. 5) One Android, 399 lives: 59th Street Terrorist Attack Kills 399. 6) Rosemarie, Kristallnacht Transformation. How my twice Jewish Aunt survived the Holocaust 7) The Curse of the Witch of Zahlendorf. Der Fluch der Hexe von Zahlendorf.
Twitter name: @CreationCharlie Charlie’s weekly blog, search charlieliebert.blog
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