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The Man and The Birds

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As a young man I remember listening to the radio when Paul Harvey would do his exceptional Christmas presentation. One of the most famous stories he would tell is a parable entitled, “The Man and the Birds”. I'm not certain who the original author was, but I would like to share this story with you.

Now the man to whom I’m going to introduce you was not a scrooge, he was a kind, decent, mostly good man. Generous to his family, upright in his dealings with other men, but he just didn’t believe all that incarnation stuff which the Churches proclaim at Christmas time. It just didn’t make sense, and he was too honest to pretend otherwise. He just couldn’t swallow the Jesus story about God coming to earth as a man.

“I’m truly sorry to distress you”, he told his wife, “but I’m not going with you to Church this Christmas eve”. He explained he’d feel like a hypocrite and that he’d much rather just stay at home, but that he would wait up for them. So he stayed and they went to the midnight se…