Christmas Eve in Bethlehem

“After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, ‘Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.’ “

– Matthew 2:1,2

On this Christmas Eve, I am reminded of the first time I was fortunate enough to travel to Israel during the holiday season. I was a newly-minted adult back then at the tender age of 18 years old. I went with my grandpa, Dr. Robert Schuller — and because he was a minister, he brought 500 people with us! Israel is like Southern California in that it almost never rains. And because Israel is such a religious country, they always viewed rain as God’s blessing. 

I still remember that Christmas Eve, overlooking the city. It had been raining all day and into the night, and there were 500 of us outside with umbrellas. Miraculously, right when the Christmas Eve service was about to begin, the rain stopped! This allowed us to move forward to the stage to pray and sing songs celebrating the season. Isn’t that amazing?!

Friend, the timing of this miracle of rain and its sudden halt at the perfect time was such a wonder! It was truly a symbol that something special was happening, and on this glorious night, the symbolism was heightened. Our hearts were encouraged, and we were confident that God was with us. Today, let’s reflect on the miracle of Jesus coming to the Earth. Spiritually, think about opening your heart and mind to the goodness, love, life, and power of God available to you! He wants to bless you and pour out His goodness in your life.


Father, thank you for encouraging me and that you are with me continually. Help me to reflect on the miracle of Jesus coming to the earth.


Has God given you symbols that something special is about to happen? How has He blessed you with His love and goodness?

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3 Responses

  1. Wishing all of the Schuller families a very Merry Christmas!
    From the Frozen Tundra!! Minnesota
    Dawn Schreiber

  2. My parents and I were there with you and your grandfather that night… it was a true blessing… and a joyous Christmas Eve… thank you for the reminder!

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