Although this is a popular Christmas song, sung by Gene Autry in 1949, Rudolph actually first starred in a book for an American catalogue company in 1939. He was created by Robert L. May whose wife was dying. Not feeling very festive, he persevered and produced a story of a reindeer with an abnormally large, shiny, red nose who gets teased by the other black-nosed reindeer. But on a foggy Christmas Eve, Santa realizes Rudolph’s glowing snout is the beacon he needs so that he can deliver presents to children on time.
The character of Rudolph who is “shunned by others but vindicated some way in a happy ending” was inspired by the story of the Ugly Duckling, which May later wrote had always appealed to him as someone who, growing up, was a “shy” and “small” boy, and who “had known what it was like to be an underdog.”
We too may feel sometimes insignificant or unloved. Santa recognised Rudolph’s worth with his red nose and used him to help with delivering presents but Jesus loves us just as we are. We don’t have to be anything special to be accepted as His friend. He invites us to come to Him:
“Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28