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Do You See Him ?

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Posted 11-21-2010 at 01:23 PM by caninemom3

[B]Do You See Him?[/B]
[B][I]by Max Lucado[/I][/B]

[B]ITíS CHRISTMAS NIGHT. THE HOUSE IS QUIET. [/B]

[B]Even the crackle is gone from the fireplace. The last of the carolers appeared on the ten oíclock news. The last of the apple pie was eaten by my brother-in-law. And the last of the Christmas albums have been stored away having dutifully performed their annual rendition of chestnuts, white Christmases, and red-nosed reindeers.[/B]

[B]Itís Christmas night.[/B]

[B]The midnight hour has chimed and I should be asleep, but Iím awake. Iím kept awake by one stunning thought. [/B]

[B]The world was different this week. It was temporarily transformed.[/B]

[B]The magical dust of Christmas glittered on the cheeks of humanity ever so briefly, reminding us of what is worth having and what we were intended to be. [/B]

[B]We forgot our compulsion with winning, wooing, and warring. We put away our ladders and ledgers, we hung up our stopwatches and weapons. We stepped off our race tracks and roller coasters and looked outward toward the star of Bethlehem.[/B]

[B]Itís the season to be jolly because, more than at any other time, we think of him. More than in any other season, his name is on our lips.[/B]

[B]And the result? [/B]

[B]For a few precious hours, he is beheld. Christ the Lord. [/B]

[B]Those who pass the year without seeing him, suddenly see him. People who have been accustomed to using his name in vain, pause to use it in praise. Eyes, now free of the blinders of self, marvel at his majesty.[/B]

[B]All of a sudden heís everywhere.[/B]
[B]In the grin of the policeman as he drives the paddy wagon full of presents to the orphanage.[/B]

[B]In the twinkle in the eyes of the Taiwanese waiter as he tells of his upcoming Christmas trip to see his children.[/B]

[B]In the emotion of the father who is too thankful to finish the dinner table prayer.[/B]
[B]Heís in the tears of the mother as she welcomes home her son from overseas.[/B]
[B]Heís in the heart of the man who spent Christmas morning on skid row giving away cold baloney sandwiches and warm wishes.[/B]

[B]And heís in the solemn silence of the crowd of shopping mall shoppers as the elementary school chorus sings ďAway in a Manger.Ē[/B]

[B]Emmanuel. He is with us. God came near.[/B]

[B]Itís Christmas night. In a few hours the cleanup will beginólights will come down, trees will be thrown out. Size 36 will be exchanged for size 40, eggnog will be on sale for half price. Soon life will be normal again. Decemberís generosity will become Januaryís payments and the magic will begin to fade.[/B]

[B]But for the moment, the magic is still in the air. Maybe thatís why Iím still awake. [/B]

[B]I want to savor the spirit just a bit more. I want to pray that those who beheld him today will look for him next August. [/B]

[B]And I canít help but linger on one fanciful thought: If he can do so much with such timid prayers lamely offered in December, how much more could he do if we thought of him every day?[/B]

[B]From [/B][URL="http://www.maxlucado.net/_product_30305/God_Came_Near"][U][COLOR=#23345f][B]God Came Near[/B][/COLOR][/U][/URL]
[B]Copyright (Thomas Nelson, 1987) Max Lucado[/B]
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