Christmas 2021

Side view of an empty manger at night.

Let the Stable Still Astonish

Let the stable still astonish:
Straw- dirt floor, dull eyes,

dusty flanks of donkeys, oxen;
Crumbling, crooked walls;

No bed to carry that pain.

And then the child –
Rag-wrapped, laid to cry in a trough.
Who would have chosen this?
Who would have said:
“Yes, Let the God of all
the heavens and earth
be born here, in this place”?

Who but the same God who stands in the darker, fouler rooms of our hearts and says,
“Yes, Let the God of Heaven and Earth be born here – in this place.               

     – L.L. Fields

May God bless you and keep you in the new year, and make you an instrument of His Courage, Compassion, and Grace.

Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy new year to you all.