Ted Engstrom told the following story:
In May of 1979, Pat Moore,
opened the door of her New York apartment
and stepped nervously into the hall.
She appeared to be about eighty-five years old,
walking carefully, hesitantly, with her cane
and then slowly, and awkwardly
began to go down stairs
while holding the railing with her other hand
When she got to the bottom of the stairs,
she met her landlady who exclaimed,
"Oh, I'm sorry, I was expecting somebody else."
"Don't you recognize me?" asked Pat,
her voice was strained and cracked.
"No, ma'am, I don't," said the landlady,
staring at the frail woman.
"I'm Pat Moore," she said laughing.
As her landlady's mouth opened in disbelief,
Pat knew she had passed the test.
You see Pat Moore was not eighty-five years old at all.
Not even close.
She was an attractive twenty-six-year-old
a specialist in industrial design
who was concerned about the needs of the elderly.
At least once each week for the next three years,
Pat put on her disguise
of facial latex foam,
a heavy fabric that bound her body,
and a convincing gray wig.
She visited fourteen states as an elderly woman.
She met hundreds of people
who never discovered her true identity.
Pat Moore wanted a first hand experience
of what it was like to be aging in America.
from the throne of glory in heaven
to be born in a stable in Bethlehem
in a way, it was the SAME KIND of journey.
He gave up
being "in the form of God,"
He gave up
"equality with God"
7 ... "emptied Himself,"
"the form of a bond-servant,"
that is, the form of a slave
"made in the likeness of men."
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
He humbled Himself
by becoming obedient to the point of death,
even death on a cross.
what it was LIKE to be human.
He knows everything,
so that wasn't necessary.
and more especially,
so we could know God
He did it so we could know
how to be like God,
and how to have our sins washed away.
God's Son took on human flesh
and came to walk among us.
At this time of the year many celebrate Jesus' birth
in the holiday we call Christmas.
I suppose all of us,
observe Christmas in some way,
if not as the specific birthday of Christ,
at least as a family holiday.
Probably many would say
it's one of the most POSITIVE holidays we have.
Christmas is the HAPPIEST time of the year.
Warring armies have stopped fighting
on Christmas day.
Hostages have been allowed
to receive cards and gifts.
a time to relax
in happiness and good will.
when friends mix and mingle,
send cards of greeting,
It is a time for families and memories.
Like the song says,
"I'll be home for Christmas,"
"It's a Wonderful Life"
and Dickens' "A Christmas Carol"
with it's lessons from Ebenezer Scrooge
Bob Crachet and crippled "tiny Tim"
and the wonder in children's eyes.
It's the glowing log in the fireplace,
and presents under the tree.
It's street-corner caroling.
It's also a greater awareness
of lonely souls without homes and families.
It's a long line at the post office
with packages for distant destinations.
It's children crowded into the family car
on the way to Grandma's for dinner.
It's hugging and shaking hands
with cousins and aunts and uncles.
For many people,
Christmas is a mailbox full of greeting cards,