The Christmas Crib (The Nativity)

Christmas Crib

No room in the Inn.

So born in a stable.

Just a manger full of straw for a cradle.

Centre stage is the infant Jesus.

The miracle God Child sent to save us.

The angel brought good tidings of great joy,

when announcing the birth of this little boy.

Just as the shepherds by the angel had been told,

He lay wrapped in swaddling clothes to protect him from the cold.

Under his parents’ watchful gaze,

the shepherds offered their adoration and their praise.

When just a little more time passed by,

He received the Adoration of the Magi.

Three wise men , kings from the East they were.

They found the infant king by following a star.

They lay before him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

gold as a symbol of kingship on earth,

frankincense as a symbol of deity,

despite the humble scene of the Nativity.

And myrrh (an embalming oil) as a symbol of death to come,

from which His Resurrection our salvation won.

Warned not to return to Herod in a dream,

they left for their own country by another path, unseen.

Two thousand years since that time has passed. by.

Yet the message of hope is still fresh for you and I.

And every Christmas we recall to mind,

The birth of the Saviour as a Child.

The message of Christmas is one of hope and love.

And that we are all children of God above.

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I wish a very happy and peaceful Christmas to everyone, and a prosperous new year. Take care of yourselves and each other. Be mindful of but not afraid of the problems we face and help each other through them.

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