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December 18, 2010

Coming In from the Cold
by Charles R. Swindoll

Luke 2:10-11

Christmas comes each year to draw people in from the cold.

Like tiny frightened sparrows, shivering in the winter cold, many live their lives on the barren branches of heartbreak, disappointment, and loneliness, lost in thoughts of shame, self-pity, guilt, or failure. One blustery day follows another, and the only company they keep is the fellow-strugglers who land on the same branches, confused and unprotected.

We try so hard to attract them into the warmth. Week after week church bells ring. Choirs sing. Preachers preach. Lighted churches send out their beacon. But nothing seems to bring in those who need warmth the most.

Then, as the year draws to a close, Christmas offers its wonderful message. Immanuel. God with us. He who resided in Heaven, co-equal and co-eternal with the Father and the Spirit, willingly descended into our world. He breathed our air, felt our pain, knew our sorrows, and died for our sins. He didn't come to frighten us, but to show us the way to warmth and safety. . . .

So, this Christmas season I pray that the warmth of the Savior's love will spread itself over you as never before. And that whenever and however possible, you will keep reminding yourself that there are still tiny, shivering sparrows who are too terrified to come in from the cold. Maybe, just maybe, this Christmas, because of something you do or say . . . they will.

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Dec 25 2010 18:43 GMT LizSA
Beautiful image.... thanks for the message .. Martini. !!!
Dec 25 2010 22:38 GMT clintonfolks
great photo.. lovely poem...
Dec 25 2010 22:57 GMT aquiles PRO
Dec 26 2010 02:42 GMT Studio88
PEACE ON EARTH...Beautiful Flock Image ;-)
Dec 26 2010 04:21 GMT martini957
Thank you Liz....my sister gave me a beautiful Glory of Christmas book that had the "Coming in from the cold" on the first page : ))
Dec 26 2010 04:23 GMT martini957
Thank you Bro : ))
Dec 26 2010 04:23 GMT martini957
Thank you Aquiles : ))
Dec 26 2010 04:23 GMT martini957
Thank you Studio88 : ))