Hearing that the Christ child would be called Emmanuel, meaning “God with us”* stirs my heart and boggles my mind every time I read it. With, such an intimate word. To me, that is the Christmas celebration, and exactly what I aimed to convey in the short fiction devotional, “Sculpting a Perfect Gift” which appears in 21 Days of Christmas: Stories that Celebrate God’s Greatest Gift. [Planning a give-away next week, so if you like Christmas stories, check back. ]
To get you in the spirit, here’s a post-from-the-past about another touching Christmas story of God with us.
Each year we spend time in the story “Where Love Is” by Leo Tolstoy. Sometimes we read, but our favorite is to listen to the amazing radio drama version played years ago on the Moody Bible station.
God tells recently widowed shoemaker Martin that He will visit this day. Listening to it is so rich. We’re impacted by even the sound of the wind blowing when Martin opens his door to assist a child pelted with snowballs. We’re caught up at the crunch of snow as tired street sweeper Ivan walks away, warmed by Martin’s mug of hot tea and pair of gloves.
Martin’s assistance to others passing his window continues, but his disappointment is palpable as the day grows late. He sighs, glancing at the window. “Lord, I thought you were coming today. … I guess it was only a dream. A lonely old man’s dream.”
Darkness stared back. He slammed it. “Acht. Another dream.”
“No, Martin. It is I, your Lord.”
“But, Lord, where were you? I thought you were coming to visit me today.” Martin held his breath. Maybe he should not complain to the Savior.
“But I did come today, Martin. You were a wonderful host. Did you not see me?”
“No, Lord. I did not see you. When did you come?”
“But you fed me, Martin. You warmed me, and you clothed me.”
Martin scratched his head. “Lord, when did I feed you? Or warm or clothe you? I did not see you.”
Then the soft, clear voice said, “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”
“Thank you, dear Lord, for visiting me today.”
“It was my pleasure, Martin.” *
What are some of your favorite Christmas stories?
[* Note: Section transcribed from the Moody Bible broadcast, but I’m unable to give credit to specific copywriters as MBN can no longer locate information about this radio play. ]
Perhaps 21 Days of Christmas: Stories that Celebrate God’s Greatest Gift will be just the thing to help you get into the Spirit of Christmas this year, or a holiday delight for a loved one.