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Topic: Straight From the Horse’s Mouth (11/14/13)
TITLE: A Special Night
By Karen B. White
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There was a chill in the night air; the animals huddled down in their stalls. Suddenly the stable door opened and in walked a man pulling a donkey behind him. The animals looked up from where they lay. On the donkey sat a young woman whose face was covered. Suddenly the man reached up and tenderly helped the woman down from the donkey. The stable animals gazed at the couple. Why, she was not more than a child. A child who looked as if she was so fatigued she could barely move. They continued to watch as the man gently laid the women down on a bed of hay. She looked up at him with love in her eyes.
“Joseph I think the baby is coming.” The woman said as she touched her abdomen.
“Baby? Did she say baby?” The sheep asked as he turned to the cow in the next stall.
Turning to the other animals, the cow said, “Hey, guys The human said she was going to have a baby.”
“We heard. I guess that means we won’t be getting any sleep tonight.” Said the horse, who was now wide awake.
“Yeah and human babies cry a lot. That is why I moved here to the stable. Until my owners had a baby I lived inside the house, but once that baby was born I came out here to get some peace and quiet. All five of my babies were not as loud as that one human baby.” The calico cat stated from her perch upon the rail.
“Mary, I am going to see if I can talk to the Inn keeper again, maybe he will find a room for us if he knows the baby is about to be born.” The man kissed the young woman’s forehead and tucked a blanket around her before heading out the door.
“Well good luck, I heard the Inn keeper say that every room was filled since so many people are in town to pay taxes. Why, even we are crowded here in the stable with so many additional animals. I even had to produce more milk than usual so that the cook could serve all the visitors. “
“Yeah, I laid a few more eggs than I usually do, what would they do without us.”
“Well we won’t be able to produce extra without any sleep. Maybe we should try to get a few winks in before that baby is born.”
“Shhh here he comes.”
“Mary, I am sorry. There is no room, but I brought someone with me to help you.”
“It will be okay, Joseph. God will watch over us and His son.”
“His son? Did she just say God’s son? Does she really think she is carrying God’s son?” The sheep asked as he walked closer to the gate.
“Moo, who is God?”
“You know the creator of the universe.” The calico replied rubbing against the post then easing down for a closer look.
And then the stable was filled with the sound of a newborn cries.
“Wow, it is a baby.” The cow said as he moved closer to see the baby.
“You have a son.” The lady said as she wrapped the baby up tightly and handed him to the young woman named Mary. “What will you name him?”
“His name is Jesus.” Joseph replied as he gazed at the newborn.
The lady left leaving Joseph and Mary alone with just the baby and stable full of animals.
Mary turned to Joseph and placed the baby into his arms. “He is beautiful Joseph.”
“He is. He is perfect. We are so blessed to be the ones chosen by God to raise His son.”
“Son of God? I remember some of the shepherds saying they heard God was going to send His son to Earth to save people from their sins. I thought they were just making up stories to pass away the time while out in the fields. Is it possible that this human baby that was born, here in a stable is the son of God?”
“I too have heard that God was going to send His son to be a savior, but I didn’t believe it till now. But look at that baby, it almost looks like he is glowing. Yes, I believe this is the son of God.”
“Moo, well, as they say, you heard it straight from the horse’s mouth.”
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