Twas’ the night in the manger, when all through the countryside not a lion was stirring, not even a bear. The cattle was in for the night, along with the townspeople, in hopes that tonight would be like no other.
The shepherds were in the fields, watching over their flocks. And the wise men in their finest clothing, saddled up their camels, packed up their gifts, and had just set their paths for their long awaited journey.
When up in the sky there arose such a light, the shepherds dropped their staffs to see what was the sight! Away from their fears they flew like a flash, ran to the light, and covered their eyes.
The light from the angels shining brightly down from heaven gave the luster of day to the night sky above, when what to their amazement should they hear, but today in the town of David the Savior was here!
With the angels to accompany them, they moved so quick. They knew in a moment it must be Christ the Lord. More rapid than lions, they traveled afar, and they shouted and sang and called Him by name:
“He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace!” (Isa. 9:6b)
Their search took them to Mary, Joseph, and the baby. The sight to behold was the baby lying in a manger.
And then in a twinkling, the wise men appeared. They heard outside the clickety clack of camel hooves, with the sight of their entourage, and gifts to give: frankincense, myrrh, and gold.
And then, in an instant, they joined in praising and glorifying God, for all they heard and seen. As Mary pondered in her heart all she had heard, she held tight the little baby Jesus.
He was dressed in cloths wrapped tightly around him. The gifts all around him and the animals paying homage. He looked like a normal baby boy: gentle, small, helpless, and yet held all the power of God.
His cry how gentle, his tears so wet, his cheeks were so round, and his sleep patterns adrift. His glow almost blinding, his little fingers wrapped tightly, as his mother cuddles him it leaves everything undaunting. He was normal like any other baby yet the one thing that is different is his Father – The Almighty. It was at that moment they knew they had nothing to dread.
He cried not a tear but went straight to sleep, the tiny baby Jesus, and they all smiled when they saw him, in spite of themselves. As the baby went to sleep they sprang out of the manger, and away they all went back to their places. But I heard them exclaim as they left out of sight,
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests!” (Lk. 2:14)
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