THE BABE BEFORE BETHLEHEM
DECEMBER 17, 1995
A.Here once lived a farmer who became jaded in
his faith. Skeptical, he chose to isolate himself
from others and live out his days without the
hassles connected with people involvements. It
took a never-to-be forgotten experience in the
dead of winter to jar the man free from his
self-imposed cynicism draw him back to the One from whom he had distanced
so many years. Author Philip Yancey relates the
unforgettable story, which he first heard from Paul Harvey:
One raw winter night the man heard an
irregular thumping sound against the kitchen
storm door.. He went to a window and watched
as tiny, shivering sparrows, attracted to the
evident warmth inside, beat in vain against the
Touched the farmer bundled up and trudged
through fresh snow to open the barn for the
struggling birds. He turned on the lights, tossed
some hay in a corner, and sprinkled a trail of
saltine crackers to direct them to the barn.
But the sparrows, which had scattered in all
directions when he emerged from the house,
still hid in the darkness, afraid if him.
He tried various tactics: circling behind the birds
to drive them toward the barn, tossing cracker
crumbs in the air toward them, retreating to his
house to see if they'd flutter into the barn on
their own. Nothing worked. He, a huge alien
creature, had terrified them; the birds could not
understand that he actually desired to help.
He withdrew to his house and watched the
doomed sp ...
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