Here is a simple story�
Greg was a generous, responsible, kind and caring husband. But he couldn't believe in God, and the account the churches told about Christmas - the bit about Jesus being the God-man who came to earth to save people from their sins. To him, Jesus was undoubtedly a great religious leader, but as for the rest of the story, well, he just couldn't buy that. It didn't make sense to him and he was too honest to deny it.
When Christmas came that year, the one time when he would go with his wife to church, he decided enough was enough. "I don't want to disappoint you," he said to his wife, "but I just can't go to church with you this Christmas. I would feel too much like a hypocrite."
It was a bleak, heavily overcast night when the rest of the family went to church that Christmas Eve to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ.
After they left it began to rain lightly. Soon the sky blackened even more and it began to snow. The flakes fell gently at first but soon they turned to a blizzard. Greg watched from the kitchen window for a while, but then he returned to his favourite seat in the living room to relax for the evening and watch TV.
Later, he heard a strange noise. It sounded like the dull thud of snow balls against the window. He heard it again and again.
When he went outside to investigate, he found a flock of birds huddled against his house. Apparently, they had been lost in the storm and, in a desperate search for shelter, they had flown straight into the large landscape window. They were attracted by the light which they could see clearly.
Greg couldn't let the birds lie there in the storm, but what could he do?
He couldn't allow them into his house, so he went to his large shed, opened the door wide and turned on the lights, hoping to attract the birds into the shed until the storm passed.
But the birds didn't understand.
He turned out the lights in his house hoping that would help them see the lights in the shed and fly over to safety, but they still didn't budge.
He tried to shoo them into the lighted shed, but to no avail. They just became confused and frightened, and scattered in every direction.
He pondered what to do. He realised that to them he is a strange and terrifying creature. "If only I could think of some way to let them know that they can trust me, that I'm not trying to hurt but help them", he thought. "But how?"
Then it hit him - "If only I could be a bird and mingle with them and speak their language. Then I could tell them not to be afraid. Then I could show them the way to safety. But I would have to be one of them so they could see and hear and understand."
Just then he heard the church bells ring and toll out the good news of Jesus' birth. Suddenly, the Christmas story made sense to him. Now he could understand why God sent his Son to earth as a man�to identify with mankind and show them the way to safety; that is, to God and eternal life through Jesus.
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