Was it in the dark of night?

Was it on the back of a donkey?

We know so little.

 

Shepherds… the lowly ones of society… called by angels

Wise men… magi… astrologers… kings… followed a star

Animals… sheep… cows… doves… goats… the first witnesses

 

An inn without room… without space… no place for birthing

A stable… clean… dark… quiet

 

Mary was a girl… a virgin… well-spoken… poetic

Joseph was a carpenter… a good man… he wouldn’t disgrace her

Jesus was a baby… innocent and holy

 

He would grow… from infant to boy to man

He would be tempted… teach, preach and heal

He would die… betrayed by a kiss… by a friend… for our sins

He would rise… our Savior… triumphant in glory

For now, though, we remember the beginning of the journey.

 

A little town… the city of David… Bethlehem

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