There was once a man who didn't believe in the incarnation of Christ or the
spiritual meaning of Christmas, and was skeptical about God. He and his
family lived in a farm community. His wife was a devout believer and
diligently raised her children in her faith.
He sometimes gave her a hard time about her faith and mocked her religious
observance of Christmas. "It's all nonsense - why would God lower himself
and become a human like us?! It's such a ridiculous story!" he said.
One snowy Christmas day, she and the children left for church while he
stayed home. After they had left, the winds grew stronger and the snow
turned into a blinding snowstorm. He sat down to relax before the fire for
the evening. Then he heard a loud thump, something hitting against the
window. And another thump. He looked outside but couldn't see.
So he ventured outside.
In the field near his house he saw, of all the strangest things, a flock of
geese! They were apparently flying to look for a warmer area down south, but
had been caught in the snow storm. The storm had become too blinding and
violent for the geese to fly or see their way. They were stranded on his
farm, with no food or shelter, unable to do more than flutter their wings
and fly in aimless circles.
He had compassion for them and wanted to help them. He thought to himself,
"The barn would be a great place for them to stay! It's warm and safe;
surely they could spend the night and wait out the storm."
So he opened the barn doors for them. He waited, watching them, hoping they
would notice the open barn and go inside. But they didn't notice the barn or
realize what it could mean for them. He moved closer
toward them to get their attention, but they just moved away from him out of
fear. He went into the house and came back out with some bread, broke it up,
and made a bread trail to the barn. They still didn't
catch on. Starting to get frustrated, he went over and tried to shoo them
toward the barn. They panicked and scattered into every direction except
toward the barn.
Nothing he did could get them to go onto the barn where there was warmth,
safety and shelter. Feeling totally frustrated, he exclaimed, "Why don't
they follow me? Can't they see this is the only place
where they can survive the storm?
How can I possibly get them into the one place to save them?" He thought for
a moment and realized that they just wouldn't follow a human. He said to
himself, "How can I possibly save them? The only way would be for me to
become like those geese. If only I could become
one of them! Then I could save them! Then they would follow me and I would
lead them to safety." At that moment, he stopped and considered what he had
said. The words reverberated in his mind: "If only I could become one of
them then I could save them." And then, at last, he understood God's Heart
towards mankind, and he fell on his knees in the snow and Worshipped God.
Addendum -- John 1:14 "
The Word became a human
being and, full of grace and
truth, lived among us. We
saw his glory, the glory
which he received as the
Father's only Son. "
[ Author Unknown -- from several sources -- Thank You! ]
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