Sunday, December 12, 2004

~*~ GOD IS LOVE ~*~

There was once a man who didn't believe

in God, and he didn't hesitate to let

others know how he felt about religion

and religious holidays.His wife, however

did believe, and she raised their children

to also have faith in God and Jesus, despite

.his disparaging comments

One snowy Eve, his wife was taking their

children to service in the farm community

in which they lived. They were to talk

about Jesus' birth. She asked him to come

but he refused."That story is nonsense!" he

said. "Why would God lower Himself to come

to Earth as a man? That's ridiculous!"So

.she and the children left, and he stayed home

A while later, the winds grew stronger and the

snow turned into a blizzard. As the man looked

.out the window, all he saw was a blinding

snowstorm He sat down to relax before the fire

.for the evening. Then he heard a loud thump

Something had hit the window. Then another

thump. He looked ou tbut couldn't see more

than a few feet. When the snow let up a

little, he ventured outside to see

.what could have been beating on his window

In the field near his house he saw a flock of wild

geese. Apparently they had been flying south for the

winter when they got caught in the snowstorm and

couldn't go on. They were lost and stranded on his

farm, with no food or shelter. They just flapped their

wings and flew around the field in low circles

blindly and aimlessly. A couple of them had flown

into his window, it seemed.The man felt sorry for

the geese and wanted to help them. The barn would

be a great place for them to stay, he thought. It's

warm and safe surely they could spend the night and

wait out the storm. So he walked over to the barn and

opened the doors wide, then watched and waited, hoping

they would notice the open barn and go inside. But the

geese just fluttered around aimlessly and didn't seem

.to notice the barn or realize what it could mean for them

The man tried to get their attention, but that just

.seemed to scare them, and they moved further away

He went into the house and came with some bread

broke it up, and made a bread crumb trail leading to

the barn. They still didn't catch on. Now he was

getting frustrated. He got behind them and tried to

shoo them toward the barn, but they only got more

scared and scattered in every direction except

toward the barn. Nothing he did could get them to

.go into the barn where they would be warm and safe

"Why don't they follow me?!" he exclaimed. "Can't

they see this is the only place where they can

survive the storm?" He thought for a moment and

.realized that they just wouldn't follow a human

"If only I were a goose, then I could save

.them," he said out loud

Then he had an idea. He went into the barn, got one

of his own geese, and carried it in his arms as he

circled around behind the flock of wild geese. He

then released it. His goose flew through the flock

and straight into the barn -- and one-by-one, the

.other geese followed it to safety

He stood silently for a moment as the words he

had spoken a few minutes earlier replayed in his

mind: "If only I were a goose, then I could save

them!" Then he thought about what he had said to

his wife earlier. "Why would God want to be like

.us? That's ridiculous!"Suddenly it all made sense

That is what God had done. We were like the

geese--blind, lost, perishing. God had His Son

become like us so He could show us the way and

save us. As the winds and blinding snow died

down, his soul became quiet and pondered this

wonderful thought. Suddenly he understood why

Christ hadcome. Years of doubt and disbelief

vanished with the passing storm. He fell to his

:knees in the snow, and prayed his first prayer

Thank You, God, for coming in human form to

!get me out of the storm

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