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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Eve

The night is crisp and cold. I look up at the night sky and wonder. What was it like to see the star of Bethlehem? Was there a dog in the stable with Mary and Joseph?

With no room in the inn for Mary and Joseph, the only place they found was a stable. That night, Mary had her Baby. The Holy Bible tells us that Mary wrapped her Babe in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger.

Besides Mary and Joseph, the only creatures that witnessed the birth of Jesus were animals. Many of us have our own stories of that wonderful night.

The donkey is special because he carried Mary to Bethlehem. It is said that the robin has a red breast because she fanned the fire's flames to keep the baby Jesus warm.

In Europe, grandmas say that the cattle bow at midnight, just like they did in the stable when Jesus was born. Another story tells that the night the angels came to the shepherds that the birds began to fly and sing. And spider wove her web across a cave to keep the baby Jesus and Mary hidden from Herod’s soldiers.

If I had been in Bethlehem, I would have laid next to the baby Jesus to keep Him warm. Tonight, I remember the Baby Jesus. He is the perfect gift from God. Do you know Him, too?

To read about the birth of Jesus and animals, check out these books from your library: Room for a Little One by Martin Waddell and Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado.

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