The World was Different This Week

The world was different this week. It was temporarily transformed.

The magical dust of Christmas glittered on the cheeks of humanity ever so briefly, reminding us of what is worth having and what we were intended to be.

We forgot our compulsion with winning, wooing, and warring. We put away our ladders and ledgers; we hung up our stopwatches and weapons. We stepped off our race tracks and roller coasters and looked outward toward the star of Bethlehem.

We reminded ourselves that Jesus came as a babe, born in a manger.

I’d like to suggest that we remind ourselves he still comes.

He comes to those as small as Mary’s baby and as poor as a carpenter’s boy.

He comes to those as young as a Nazarene teenager and as forgotten as an unnoticed kid in an obscure village.

He comes to those as busy as the oldest son of a large family, to those as stressed as the leader of restless disciples, to those as tired as one with no pillow for his head.

He comes and gives us the gift of himself.

Sunsets steal our breath. Caribbean blue stills our hearts. Newborn babies stir our tears. Lifelong love bejewels our lives. But take all these away—strip away the sunsets, oceans, cooing babies, and tender hearts—and leave us in the Sahara, and we still have reason to dance in the sand. Why? Because God is with us.

He comes to all. He speaks to all. Let’s let him speak to us this Christmas.

From Christmas Stories. ©2011 by Max Lucado. Published by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


  1. the story to me is like Jesus himself telling it, thank you…

  2. 2 years ago
    Success David says

    It is a wonderful piece. Thanks for sharing it .

  3. 2 years ago
    Janet Gilstrap says

    NOONE says it better than Max Lucado!! God has gifted him with his own unique way of speaking the TRUTH. Thank you for reminding us that no matter our circumstances, no matter the season or the state of the world itself, God the Son brought us a reason to celebrate that GREAT gift of salvation and He is due All our praise, All our worship and fills up our dance card!!

  4. Beautiful, if only everyone would feel this what a wonderful world this would be.

  5. Thank you Lord for your son Jesus and for your unconditional love that you have for all of us.Merry CHRISTmas to you all!!!

  6. 2 years ago
    Susan Bertrand says

    Yes, the word was different this week. We received no reports of people being trampled to death while trying to get into Walmart at the opening of it’s doors for shopping. The funerals for 20 young children & 6 adults killed at a Conneticut school were mostly concluded. Few people mourned the loss & suffering of the shooters Mom, but held her responsible instead.

    The quote from Max Lucados book is the sprinkling of “fairy dust”. It doesn’t change the reality that people where hoping that St Nichols (Santa) soon would be here. No one forgot spending, buying or going about their Holiday duties. The stress of preparing for celebrating Christmas still filled the air. People will not make the connection that Baby Jesus is their only hope, in fact a Savior to be, for a world in which little kids are gunned down in the most civilized country. This week & last week should be a time to speak of the realities of evil, and the only hope, the Lord Jesus Christ, of being delivered from them. Instead it was chosen not to ruin Christmas. Fairy Dust was sprinkled over minds and hearts. Christmas magical? No, miraculous.