Day 454 – Thankful for “The Man and The Birds” Read by Paul Harvey

While I typically try to find something new that I haven’t been thankful for before, today’s focus is still near and dear to my heart.  As we drove home from church today my brain kept going back to it and we listened on the ride home.

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Throughout my whole life I’d struggled a bit with the entire Christmas story.  It’s a nice story, but I couldn’t quite figure out why God would send His son to Earth.  I mean I get it conceptually, but there was just something that didn’t sit well with me from a logical standpoint.  I can closely relate to the man in the story as Paul explains him, I can understand where he’s coming from.

As the story goes on I keep agreeing with his actions and can feel his frustration.  It strikes a chord unlike any other hits for me.  When the story finally comes to its conclusion I can see the bigger picture and I get it.  Even today it still has the ability to bring a tear or two to my eye.

Hearing that story again was exactly what the doctor ordered, it helped me get my heart in the right place for the day.  We were greeters and gift bearers at church this morning and it felt great to help start people’s church experience with a big smile and a “Merry Christmas!”  That part felt great, the fellowship.

Even with that great feeling it still seemed something was missing.  I kept trying to figure it out and make the connection, but it wasn’t until as church was complete that it hit me.  I was missing one of the biggest pieces and I needed something specific, I needed to hear this story again to help me focus on the right thing.

As you wrap up your Christmas evening I hope this short story helps bring a smile to your face and some extra warmth to your heart.  Merry Christmas!!!

Thanks!!!

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