by Sandy Kirby Quandt
One Christmas when Pie was a toddler I bought him the book, Clem the Clumsy Camel. He and I both loved that book. In fact, we still do. Pie keeps the book among his treasures, and pulls it out to reread during the Christmas season.
This children’s book tells the story of a clumsy camel named Clem who for the life of him, could not get the act of kneeling to the ground right. He tried really hard. Honest he did, but he still stumbled and fell.
Until one night …
When Wise Men following a star needed camels, Clem’s owner saw it as an opportunity to get rid of the clumsy camel and sold Clem.
After the Wise Men arrived at the place where baby Jesus was, Clem observed how the wise men bowed before the child, and he bowed also. In the presence of Christ, Clem’s clumsiness disappeared. He was able to bow with grace.
At times we may feel clumsy. We may try hard to do the right thing, to not sin, but we stumble and fall. Like Clem, we need to keep trying. We need to not give up. We need to come into Jesus’ presence and kneel before his grace.
Because of the gift we received at Jesus’ birth we can get up when we trip over our clumsy selves. By his grace God gives us as many tries as it takes for us to get it right.
Does Clem’s story encourage you to keep trying? I know it does me.
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Jesus was born in Bethlehem, in Judea, in the days when Herod was king of the province. Not long after his birth there arrived from the east a party of astrologers making for Jerusalem and enquiring as they went, “Where is the child born to be king of the Jews? For we saw his star in the east and we have come here to pay homage to him.”
When King Herod heard about this he was deeply perturbed, as indeed were all the other people living in Jerusalem. So he summoned all the Jewish scribes and chief priests together and asked where “Christ” should be born. Their reply was: “In Bethlehem, in Judea, for this is what the prophet (Micah) wrote about the matter—‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are not the least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you shall come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel’.”
Then Herod invited the wise men to meet him privately and found out from them the exact time when the star appeared. Then he sent them off to Bethlehem saying, “When you get there, search for this little child with the utmost care. And when you have found him come back and tell me—so that I may go and worship him too.”
The wise men listened to the king and then went on their way to Bethlehem. And now the star, which they had seen in the east, went in front of them as they traveled until at last it shone immediately above the place where the little child lay. The sight of the star filled them with indescribable joy.
So they went into the house and saw the little child with his mother Mary. And they fell on their knees and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts—gold, incense and myrrh. Then, since they were warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they went back to their own country by a different route. Matthew 2:1-12 (Phillips)
I wish you well.
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