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I found a great story written by Melvin Newland called "Recognizing Jesus." I hope you enjoy
it as much as I did. It reminds us to look for Jesus in all the business of the Christmas season and as we watch and wait for the New Year.
One of my favorite Christmas stories is about the old shoe cobbler who dreamed one
Christmas Eve that Jesus would come to visit him the next day. The dream was so real that he was convinced it would come true.
So the next morning he got up and went out and cut green boughs and decorated his little
cobbler shop and got all ready for Jesus to come and visit. He was so sure that Jesus was going to come that he just sat down and waited for Him.
The hours passed and Jesus didn't come. But an old man came. He came inside for a
moment to get warm out of the winter cold. As the cobbler talked with him, he noticed the holes in the old man's shoes, so he reached up on the shelf and got him a new pair of shoes.
He made sure they fit and that his socks were dry and sent him on his way.
Still he waited. But Jesus didn't come. An old woman came. A woman who hadn't had a
decent meal in two days. They sat and visited for a while, and then he prepared some food for her to eat. He gave her a nourishing meal and sent her on her way.
Then he sat down again to wait for Jesus. But Jesus still didn't come.
Then he heard a little boy crying out in front of his shop. He went out and talked with the
boy and discovered that the boy had been separated from his parents and didn't know how to get home. So he put on his coat, took the boy by the hand and led him home.
When he came back to his little shoe shop, it was almost dark and the streets were emptied
of people. And then in a moment of despair he lifted his voice to heaven and said, "Oh Lord Jesus, why didn't you come?"
And then in a moment of silence he seemed to hear a voice saying, "Oh shoe cobbler, lift up
your heart. I kept my word. Three times I knocked at your friendly door. Three times my shadow fell across your floor. I was the man with the bruised feet. I was the woman you
gave to eat. I was the boy on the homeless street." Jesus had come. The cobbler just didn't realize it.
Take time to slow down and look for signs of Jesus daily. He shows up in the most
unexpected way. Hope to see you on December 24th at one of the services.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
2017 December/ 2018 January Messenger