Found in an e-mail from Pauline from paulinesfashions.
There was once a man who didn't believe in the incarnation of Christ or the
spiritual meaning of Christmas, and was skeptical about God.
He and his
family lived in a farm community. His wife was a devout believer and diligently
raised her children in her faith. He sometimes gave her a hard time about her
faith and mocked her observance of Christmas. "It's all nonsense - why would God
lower himself and become a human like us?! It's such a ridiculous story!" he
One snowy day, she and the children left for church while he stayed
home. After they had left, the winds grew stronger and the snow turned into a
blinding snowstorm. He sat down to relax before the fire for the
Then he heard a loud thump, something hitting against the
window. And another thump. He looked outside but couldn't see. So he ventured
outside to see. In the field near his house he saw, of all the strangest things,
a flock of geese! They were apparently flying to look for a warmer area down
south, but had been caught in the snow storm.
The storm had become too
blinding and violent for the geese to fly or see their way. They were stranded
on his farm, with no food or shelter, unable to do more than flutter their wings
and fly in aimless circles.
He had compassion for them and wanted to help
them. He thought to himself, "The barn would be a great place for them to stay!
It's warm and safe; surely they could spend the night and wait out the
So he opened the barn doors for them. He waited, watching them,
hoping they would notice the open barn and go inside. But they didn't notice the
barn or realize what it could mean for them. He moved closer toward them to get
their attention, but they just moved away from him out of fear. He went into the
house and came back out with some bread, broke it up, and made a bread trail to
the barn. They still didn't catch on.
Starting to get frustrated, he
went over and tried to shoo them toward the barn. They panicked and scattered
into every direction except toward the barn. Nothing he did could get them to go
into the barn where there was warmth, safety and shelter.
frustrated, he exclaimed, "Why don't they follow me? Can't they see this is the
only place where they can survive the storm? How can I possibly get them into
the one place to save them?" He thought for a moment and realized that they
just wouldn't follow a human. He said to himself, "How can I possibly save them?
The only way would be for me to become like those geese. If only I could become
like one of them! Then I could save them! They would follow me and I would lead
them to safety."
At that moment, he stopped and considered what he had
said. The words reverberated in his mind: "If only I could become like one of
them - then I could save them." And then, at last, he understood God's heart
towards mankind, and he fell on his knees in the snow and worshipped Him.
"And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. We beheld His
Glory, the Glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of Grace
and Truth!" (John 1:14)
"For God so loved the world that He gave
His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him, should not perish, but
have everlasting life." (John 3:16)