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*Christmas is a time when God came near. And God comes near today.

*Joe McKeever told the story of a little girl named Rachel. Like many preschoolers, Rachel had a problem waking up in the middle of the night, scared and crying. The only thing that would sooth her fears was crawling into bed with her mom and dad.

*But Mom had to go out of town for a few days on business. That’s when Dad came up with a new solution. He said, “Rachel, I have an idea. -- While Mom is away, suppose I sleep in your room on the top bunk bed.”

*She thought it was a great idea, and that night, Rachel went to sleep on time.

-A couple of hours later, when her dad crawled into the top bunk, she was sound asleep. And she slept like that all night.

*The next morning, Dad congratulated Rachel on a full night's sleep.

-And she explained, “It's because you were in the room with me.”

*“But how did you know I was there?” Dad asked. “You were asleep when I came in, and you never woke up the whole night.”

-Rachel answered: “Because you said you would be there.” (1)

*Church: Jesus said He would be here with us today. In Matt 18:20, He said: “Where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am...

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