Christmas Day 2004
"He became a human being among a small, oppressed people. God became a lowly, hidden, almost invisible God. Wherever the gospel of Jesus bears fruit, we see this hiddenness. The great Christians throughout history have always been lowly people who sought to be hidden.
"The initial reaction of someone who has a really personal encounter with Jesus is not to start shouting it from the rooftops, but to dwell secretly in the presence of God. The greatest part of God's work in our history could well remain completely unknown. That's a mystery which is difficult to grasp in an age that attaches so much value to publicity."
~ Henri J.M. Nouwen