Our Reenactment of the Nativity on Christmas Eve
If Bethlehem were here today
Or this were very long ago
There wouldn't be a winter time
Nor any cold or snow.
I'd run out through the garden gate
And down along the pasture walk
And off beside the cattle barns
I'd hear a kind of gentle talk.
Two Rowdy Shepherds
I'd move the heavy iron chain
And pull away the wooden pin;
I'd push the door a little bit
And tiptoe very softly in.
The pigeons and the yellow hens
And all the cows would stand away;
Their eyes would open wide to see
A lady in the manger hay,
If this were very long ago
And Bethlehem were here today.
A quiet Sami as Mary
And Mother held my hand and smiled -
I mean the lady would - and she
Would take the wooly blankets off
Her little boy so I could see.
His shut-up eyes would be asleep
And he would look just like our John
And he would be all crumpled too,
And have a pinkish color on.
The Shepherds (and Mater) come to worship Baby Jesus
I'd watch his breath go in and out,
His little clothes would be all white,
I'd slip my finger in his hand
To feel how he could hold it tight.
And she would smile and say, "Take care,"
The Mother Mary, would, "Take care";
And I would kiss his little hand
And touch his hair.
While Mary put the blankets back
The gentle talk would soon begin,
And when I'd tiptoe softly out
I'd meet the wise men going in.
- Elizabeth Madox Roberts (1881-1941)
For Unto Us A Child is Born
Merry Christmas to each of you.
May your weekend be full of love, as you celebrate God's greatest gift to all the world.