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God in a Manger (2 of 4)
Series: Christmas Presence
Pastor Jeff Schreve
Billie Burke was a big Hollywood star back in the 20s and in the 30s. She played Glenda, the good witch, on "The Wizard of Oz," one of the greatest movies that Hollywood's ever produced, most famous of the movies, One day, Billie Burke was on a transatlantic ride in a ship. And she was in a dining area, and the person at the table next to her, he was coughing and carrying on. She looked over at him, and she said, "You're really uncomfortable, aren't you?" He said, (cough) "Yes." She said, "Listen. Let me tell you what you need to do with that bad cold." She said, "You need to go to your stateroom and, she said, "You need to just fill your body up with orange juice. You need to take two aspirin, you need to get every blanket that you can find and just wrap yourself up in your blankets, and you need to go to sleep, and you need to sweat out that cold. You'll feel better in the morning. I ought to know. I'm Billie Burke of Hollywood." He said, "Thank you; I'm Dr. Mayo of the Mayo Clinic" (laughter). She didn't realize who she was talking to. She had no idea who he was.
Now, when it comes to Christmastime, I am convinced that so many people don't understand what Christmas is all about. They don't understand who this little Child that we talk about, who He is. Now people like Christmas because they like the holiday. They like the parties. They like the gifts. They might even like the Christmas story. I mean, who doesn't like that story, a little baby was born. And little babies are so nice and so sweet and so gentle. And they just say, "Well, that's a neat story." But they miss the point of the story. They miss who that little Child was and who He is and what that little Child can do. It was in 1938 that Robert MacGimpsey wrote this song. It was a Negro spiritual. It's sung a lot at Christmastime. It says this: "Sweet little Jesus boy, they made You be born in a manger. Sweet lit ...
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