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A Christmas Story

"Dad, I'm going now."


He looked up from his work, gestured to his staff to come back later, and walked over to his son, waiting by the doorway.


"Are you sure about this?  You remember what I said ..."


"Yes, Father" said the son, "I remember everything, and I know you are worried about me.  I know it will be hard, painful, all of that, but you know that we have to do this.  If we don't ... "


The father nodded gravely. 


"You could at least take some comforts.  You know you have the right to money, power, protection.  I could arrange - " but the son stopped him, shaking his head.


"If I did that, then those who have none of those things might not believe I was truly with them, truly one of them.  I must be as poor, as ordinary as anyone else."


The father sighed.


"I know.  I know you must do things this way."  The father smiled.  "After all, I said so myself a long time ago, didn't I?"


The son smiled too. 


"It's a perfect plan."


"But the cost?"


"We must pay it.  Who else could?"


They stood together for a moment, father and son, no words but in perfect understanding and love.


"I love you, Father."


"And I love you, Son."


Later that evening, in the fields near Bethlehem, shepherds watching their flocks were startled by bright lights in the sky, and they were terrified.  An angel appeared to them, saying "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people ..."





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Thanks DJ, It took me right... (Below threshold)

Thanks DJ, It took me right there

Thanks, DJ. A Merry and Bl... (Below threshold)

Thanks, DJ. A Merry and Blessed Christmas to you and yours.

Amen! That is great!! ... (Below threshold)

Amen! That is great!!

What man buggered up, God sent his only Son to set straight.

Merry christmas!

Outstanding.... (Below threshold)
M. Murcek:


Nicely done.... (Below threshold)

Nicely done.

Amen! What a great story! W... (Below threshold)

Amen! What a great story! We should be thankful to God coz' Christmas wouldn't exist if not for Jesus Christ who died on the Cross, buried, and was raised from the grave to save us from our sins, no matter who we are. :)

Joy to the world the lord h... (Below threshold)
Iowaright wife:

Joy to the world the lord has come!

Merry Christmas to all here... (Below threshold)

Merry Christmas to all here!!! And Happy Hanukkah to our Jewish friends!

Cheers!! May the peace of the Lord be with you all!

And accepting the gift come... (Below threshold)
Don L:

And accepting the gift comes with a lifetime guarantee on both parts and services.

Simply wonderful!M... (Below threshold)

Simply wonderful!

Merry Christmas!

And the Word became flesh a... (Below threshold)

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us...

Reminds me of Paradise Lost... (Below threshold)

Reminds me of Paradise Lost. In Book 3, God asks the myriad angels who would save Man, and Christ steps up. It's heart-wrenching and beautiful in the same way:

[God] Which of ye will be mortal to redeem Man's mortal crime...?
He asked, but all the heavenly choir stood mute...

[Christ] Behold me, then: me for him, life for life,
I offer; on me let thine anger fall;
Account me man: I for his sake will leave
Thy bosom and this glory next to thee
Freely put off, and for him lastly die...

[God] Thou hast...quitted all to save a world from utter loss, and hast been found
By merit more than birthright Son of God.






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