A Clumsy Camel Named Clem

kneeling camelClem the Clumsy Camel

When my son, Pie, was a toddler, I bought him the book, Clem the Clumsy Camel for Christmas. Pie and I both loved that book. In fact, we still do. Pie keeps the book among his treasures. During the Christmas season, it is pulled out and read.

Clumsy Clem Couldn’t Kneel Correctly

In this children’s book we learn the story of a clumsy camel named Clem. For the life of him, Clem could not figure out how to kneel to the ground without falling over. He was too clumsy it seems.

Clumsy Clem’s Chance

Clem tried really hard. Honest he did, but he still stumbled and fell. Until one night. When Wise Men following a star needed camels, Clem’s owner saw it as their chance to rid themselves of the clumsy camel. They eagerly sold Clem to the Wise Men.

Clem’s Clumsiness Disappears

After the Wise Men arrived at the place where young Jesus was, Clem observed how the wise men bowed before the child. Following their lead, Clem bowed too. In the presence of Christ, Clem’s clumsiness disappeared. With Jesus looking on, Clem bowed with grace for the first time in his life.

Like Clem

At times we may feel clumsy. We may try hard to do the right thing, to not sin. But we stumble and fall. Like Clem, we must not give up. We must keep trying. We must come into Jesus’ presence, and kneel before his grace.

Because of the gift we received at Jesus’ birth, we are able to get up when we trip over our clumsy selves. By his grace, God gives us as many tries as it takes for us to get it right.

Your Turn

Does Clem’s story encourage you to keep trying? I know it does me.

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And so they left, and on their way they saw the same star they had seen in the East. When they saw it, how happy they were, what joy was theirs! It went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. They went into the house, and when they saw the child with his mother Mary, they knelt down and worshiped him. They brought out their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh, and presented them to him. Matthew 2:1-12 (GNT)

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