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BBHQ Newsletter Archive: 12/21/15

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Christmas Week


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December 21, 2015

A BBHQ Insta-Quote:

You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore, be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be; and whatever your labors and aspirations in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace with your soul.
   ~ Desiderata

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The Christmas Story, as told by Paul Harvey


“THE CHRISTMAS STORY”

The Christmas story, the way it is usually told the “God born man in a manger,” and all that escapes some moderns Mostly, I think, because they seek complex answers to our questions; and this one is so, utterly simple. So, for the cynics and the skeptics, and the unconvinced, I’d like to submit this modern parable.

The man I’m going to tell you about was not a scrooge. No, he was a kind, decent, a mostly good man. He was generous to his family, upright in his dealings with other people. But, to put it bluntly, he just did not believe all that… that… that incarnation stuff which the churches proclaim at Christmastime. It just did not make sense, and he was too honest to pretend otherwise. He just could not swallow “the Jesus story” all that about God coming to earth as a man. And he was honest with his wife. He said, “I’m truly sorry to distress you. But I am not going with you to church this Christmas Eve.” He said he would feel like a hypocrite; he would much rather stay home, but that he would wait up for the family. So he stayed, and they went to the midnight service.

Shortly after the family drove away in the car, snow began to fall. He went to the window to watch the flurries getting heavier and heavier, and then he went back to his fireside chair, and sat down and began to read his newspaper. Minutes later, he was startled by a thudding sound, and then another, and then another. At first, he thought somebody must be throwing snowballs against his living room window. But when he went to the front door to investigate, he found a flock of birds, huddled out there, miserably in the snow. They had been caught in the storm, and in a desperate search for a shelter, had tried to fly through his large, landscape window.

Well, he couldn't let the poor creatures lie there and freeze. So he remembered the barn, where the children stabled their pony. That would provide a warm shelter, if he could direct the birds to it.

Quickly he put on a coat, boots, tramped through the deepening snow to the barn. He opened the doors wide, and turned on a light. But the birds did not come in.

He figured that food would entice them in. So he hurried back to the house, and he fetched bread crumbs, and he sprinkled those on the snow. He made a trail to the yellow lighted, wide open doorway of the stable. But to his dismay, the birds ignored the bread crumbs. They just continued to flop around helplessly in the snow. He tried catching them. He tried shooing them into the barn, by walking around them waving his arms. That made matters worse. The birds scattered in every direction every direction except into the warm, lighted barn.

And then he realized what was the matter. They were afraid of him. To them, he reasoned he is a strange, terrifying creature. He thought, “If only, I could figure out some way to let them know that they can trust me; that I’m not trying to hurt them; that I’m trying to help them. But how?” Because any move he made tended to frighten them; to confuse them.

They just would not follow. They would not be led. They would not be shooed, because they feared him. “If only I could be a bird,” he thought. “And mingle with them. If only I could mingle with them, and speak their language. Then I could tell them not to be afraid, and I could show them the way to the safe, warm barn. But I would have to be one of them so that they could see... and hear...... and understand.”

At that moment, the church bells began to ring. The sound reached his ears above the sounds of the wind. And he stood there listening to the bells: adeste fidelis. Listening to the bells, peeling the glad tidings of Christmas. He sank to his knees in the snow.




Have a great week and a very Merry Christmas! We'll share the fun again next Monday.

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