After my first term in Bible college, my family was given airline tickets to fly home for Christmas. The night before our flight, we realised we had less than £20 for the trip. Parking, transportation and other incidentals were certain to cost more than £20. We resolved to pray about it. Though our children were small (6 and 2), we included them in the prayer time.

As we were praying, we heard footsteps in the hallway of our block of flats, and then whisk—the sound of an envelope sliding under the door. Inside the envelope was an anonymous gift of £50.

The wonder reflected on our 6 year old daughter’s face matched the wonder in our own hearts. Here was a mighty God writing His name on a little girl’s heart by hearing and answering our prayer in the same instant. And so we, like the psalmist David, could “talk of all His wondrous works!” (1 Chron. 16:9).

So it was that first Christmas night, when a mighty, all knowing, all powerful God wrote His name on the heart of humanity, stunning us with the generosity of forgiveness and the joy of unconditional love. The birth of Christ is the answer to our most urgent prayers for love and forgiveness. Can you feel the wonder?

A life of wonder is ours when we know the Christ of Christmas.


Randy Kilgore


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