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Img_9463_copyA few days ago, we caught a glimpse of a big beautiful woodpecker in our front yard. He created quite a stir in our house, but despite my best efforts, I couldn’t capture him with my camera. I was really disappointed! I studied ornithology in college and thought I remembered it being a Pileated Woodpecker. A quick online search confirmed it.

This morning, a pair of the woodpeckers returned to our yard and were patient enough for me to attach my zoom lens. I was delighted to get this shot.

I was thinking that God comes to us the way this woodpecker did. I certainly wasn’t looking for him. But there he was, creating in me a longing for more.  In the book of Isaiah, God tells us: "I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me; I was found by those who did not seek me. To a nation that did not call on my name, I said, ‘Here am I, here am I.’" May the Lord reveal Himself to you this Christmas in beautiful, unexpected ways.

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