Original post at http://www.nextstepevangelism.org/2012/12/23/2685/
OUR REAL AND DESTINED ETERNITY
The story begins by describing a man who doesn’t believe in the Incarnation, and thinks Christmas is “a lot of humbug.” One Christmas Eve his wife and children go to the midnight worship at church, but he stays at home. It begins to snow, and he settles into a chair by the fire to read. After several minutes, he is startled by a thud at the window, then another thud, and another. Thinking someone must be throwing snowballs at the window, he goes outside to investigate. He sees a flock of birds huddled in the snow. Attempting to find shelter from the storm, they had tried to fly through the window.
He wonders how he can help the birds, and then he remembers the barn. It would make a good shelter. He puts on warm clothes and heads for the barn. He turns on the lights, but the birds don’t budge. Then he sprinkles a path of crumbs leading into the barn, but the birds don’t notice. Finally he tries shooing them into the barn, but they scatter in every direction except the barn.
Louis Cassels, who tells the story, continues, “They find me a strange and terrifying creature,” he said to himself,” and I can’t seem to think of any way to let them know they can trust me. ”lf only I could be a bird myself for a few minutes, perhaps I could lead them to safety.”
Just at that moment the church bells began to ring. He stood silent for a while, listening to the bells pealing the glad tidings of Christmas. Then he sank to his knees in the snow. “Now l do understand,” he whispered, ”Now I see why You had to do it. ” (Louis Cassels, Christian Primer; New York: Doubleday, l964, pp 18—20)