Warren writes "If you really want people to know how much you love them, you can't send a representative to communicate it. You have to say it personally. That is what God did at Christmas."
We belong to a fairly large church, with several thousand members. There are about a dozen pastors as well as tons of trained lay pastors.
When Catherine was born, she was in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) for several weeks. Every day we were visited by one of the assistant pastors, a lay pastor, or a member of our Sunday School class. All of it was a phenomenal support to us and got us through that difficult time.
But the most precious call to us is when the head pastor of our church, Bryant Wright, called us to congratulate us on Catherine's birth and to pray for her health. It took less than ten minutes of his time, yet it meant the world to us. At the time we had never met him personally. We still have had very little contact with him. I am not sure if Pastor Wright knows us by face. Yet, we attend his church and had a child in crisis. So, he took a few minutes out of his day to call us.
God also took a few decades out of His "life" and spoke to us personally. He didn't have to. He was perfectly capable of speaking to us through dreams, prophets, miracles, any number of methods. Yet He cared enough to speak to us personally.
This post was inspired by the book The Purpose of Christmas by Rick Warren.