Following a Christmas Eve service, Harry lingered to talk with the pastor. He whispered, “It has been ten years since I was in church on Christmas Eve. The last time I was so drunk that I passed out. But Jesus did not give up on me. I have been a changed man since I invited Jesus into my life and started attending AA. But I was so ashamed of my awful conduct on that Christmas Eve ten years ago that I have stayed away from Christmas services since then. But this year God seemed to nudge me to come back. I’m glad I’m here.”
The kind and understanding pastor pulled Harry off to the side and prayed with him this prayer: “O Lord, thank you for not only forgiving Harry’s sin, but also for helping him join the rest of us sinners in celebrating the Savior’s birth. Amen.”
God not only forgives; he helps us start anew.