Tuesday, December 21, 2010

a sad event

I talked to my mom on the phone last night and was shocked to learned that the Provo Tabernacle had burned down on Dec 18th. So sad. The historic tabernacle - which was begun in 1883 and completed in 1898 - was a centerpiece of Provo's historic downtown district. It served as a cultural hub for the community, hosting frequent concerts, stake conferences and other events. She said you could see the flames raging nearly a full day after the fire fighters had been pouring water for hours on end through their huge fire hoses. Finally, 36 hours after the fire started, they were able to enter the building to begin the tedious process of finding the fire's cause and also examining the structural integrity of the remaining walls. It is a total loss, burning up lots of Pioneer history. One of the firefighter found the most amazing thing - a picture of Christ completely burned except for the image of Christ Himself. Its a picture of the second coming with his hands outstretched. This was the first item recovered from the devastated building. The picture was completely charred except for the area immediately around Christ. Seeing this reminded me that no matter what may happen to the physical things around us or what may happen because of trials and challenges of every sort, it is Jesus that matters most. He has all power, wisdom, and strength. He is our Savior. He is our Rescuer. He is the giver of all life and all hope. That's why Jesus is the heart and focal point of Christmas. He is the reason for the season!
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16).

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