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112 – ‘The Man & the Birds’ – A Special Christmas Story

Dec 18, 2023 • 9 min 56 sec

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Welcome to a special Christmas story!

As you navigate the hustle and bustle of last-minute preparations and festivities, I’m honored to share a modern-day parable titled “The Man and the Birds,” intertwined with a classic Christmas hymn, “Adeste Fidelis,” translated as “Oh, Come All Ye Faithful.”

The parable, popularized by the legendary radio host Paul Harvey, unfolds as a beautiful Christmas tradition, reminding us of the season’s true essence. May it become a meaningful pause, allowing you to reflect and shift your focus onto the true essence of Christmas and Jesus. Wishing you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and a season filled with reflection, warmth, and the timeless message of love.

In this episode, John discusses:

  • The spirit of Christmas
  • The invitation of “Adeste Fidelis”
  • The story of “The Man and the Birds”

Key Takeaways:

  • “Adeste Fidelis,” (Oh, Come All Ye Faithful) is more than just a song, it is an invitation—a pivotal aspect of our story today, aimed at encouraging the faithful to find and follow Jesus during this Christmas season.
  • “The Man and the Birds” was made popular by the legendary radio host Paul Harvey, who shared it every Christmas for decades without knowing the original author.
  • The parable unfolds with a man who, despite being a kind and decent person, struggles with the idea of the incarnation and chooses not to attend church on Christmas Eve.
  • On a snowy Christmas Eve, the man’s profound encounter with a flock of birds seeking refuge becomes a poignant metaphor for understanding, trust, and compassion, echoing the universal longing for connection and the Christmas spirit of love, compassion, and joy.

“My prayer is that this story allows you to pause and reflect and shift our hearts and our minds onto Christmas and onto Jesus this week and far into the new year and beyond.”



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If you’re interested in growing in your faith, wealth, and life, visit https://changeforyourdollar.com/ for all the tools you need from coaching and speaking to my latest book, He Spends, She Spends!I

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Contact John:
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Website: https://smarterstewarship.com
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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/smarterstewardship

Welcome to a special Christmas story!

As you navigate the hustle and bustle of last-minute preparations and festivities, I’m honored to share a modern-day parable titled “The Man and the Birds,” intertwined with a classic Christmas hymn, “Adeste Fidelis,” translated as “Oh, Come All Ye Faithful.”

The parable, popularized by the legendary radio host Paul Harvey, unfolds as a beautiful Christmas tradition, reminding us of the season’s true essence. May it become a meaningful pause, allowing you to reflect and shift your focus onto the true essence of Christmas and Jesus. Wishing you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and a season filled with reflection, warmth, and the timeless message of love.

In this episode, John discusses:

  • The spirit of Christmas
  • The invitation of “Adeste Fidelis”
  • The story of “The Man and the Birds”

Key Takeaways:

  • “Adeste Fidelis,” (Oh, Come All Ye Faithful) is more than just a song, it is an invitation—a pivotal aspect of our story today, aimed at encouraging the faithful to find and follow Jesus during this Christmas season.
  • “The Man and the Birds” was made popular by the legendary radio host Paul Harvey, who shared it every Christmas for decades without knowing the original author.
  • The parable unfolds with a man who, despite being a kind and decent person, struggles with the idea of the incarnation and chooses not to attend church on Christmas Eve.
  • On a snowy Christmas Eve, the man’s profound encounter with a flock of birds seeking refuge becomes a poignant metaphor for understanding, trust, and compassion, echoing the universal longing for connection and the Christmas spirit of love, compassion, and joy.

“My prayer is that this story allows you to pause and reflect and shift our hearts and our minds onto Christmas and onto Jesus this week and far into the new year and beyond.”



Additional resources:


Let’s continue the conversation!


Connect to Smarter Stewardship at https://smarterstewardship.com/ and gain access to resources that will help you stay in the loop for resources that will actively help you shape your financial future.

If you’re interested in growing in your faith, wealth, and life, visit https://changeforyourdollar.com/ for all the tools you need from coaching and speaking to my latest book, He Spends, She Spends!I

f this blessed you today, please Subscribe, Leave a Review, and Share with someone who you believe will benefit from this message!

Contact John:
Website: https://changeforyourdollar.com/
Website: https://smarterstewarship.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/smarterstewardship
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/smarterstewardship

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