A 'Christmas writing' (or any time!) from Max Lucado:
JUST CALL HIM JESUS
"God's plan for humanity...it was crafted in the halls of heaven and carried out on the plains of earth. Only holiness could have imagine it. Only divinity could have enacted it. Only righteousness could have endured it.
"When God chose to reveal himself, he did so through a human body. The hand that touched the leper had dirt under his nails. The feet upon which the women wept were calloused and dusty. And his tears---oh, don't miss His tears. They came from a heart as broken as yours or mine has ever been.
So people came to him! Not one person was reluctant to approach him for fear of being rejected. Remember that the next time you find yourself amazed at your own failures! Or the next time you hear a lifeless liturgy. Remember. It's man who creates the distance. It's Jesus who builds the bridge!