Saturday, December 24, 2005

Long, Long Ago and Far, Far Away

The church was crowed, noisy and expectant.
Shuffles, whispers, a baby here and there.
Warm shadows and golden light from the hanging lamps touched faces, choir robes, oak panneling, winter coats.
The minister gathered the children at the foot of the dais.
He asked them if they could be an animal in the stable this night - which animal would they choose to be?
The answers were shy but standard.
An ox, a donkey, a sheep...

Then my small son's voice rose above the fond giggles of other parents.
Clear and emphatic. And entirely non-orthodox.
"I would want to be the dog."

They sang "Away in a Manger."
I could not - for tears and laughter.

Merry Christmas, dear people, and a joyous Noel to all of you who believe and to all of you who do not irrespectively.
Bright Blessings on this solstice season.
The Light returns.


Dennie McDonald said...

Merry Christmas, Bernita

Ric said...

Merry Christmas, Dear Friend.

May the joy and hope of the holiday bless you and yours.

Bonnie Calhoun said...

Merry CHRISTmas, my dear friend Bernita!

It has been a true blessing to get to know you this year. I hope we have many more.

And to all the regular and irregular posters on this blog...
Merry CHRISTmas and God bless us, everyone!

Robyn said...

Amen, Bonnie.

Merry Christmas.

Sela Carsen said...

Merry Christmas, Bernita!

Anonymous said...

Have a wonderful Christmas Bernita!

ali said...

Have a nice Christmas!

And yay for dogs in the stable :).

MissWrite said...

Merry Christmas everybody!

Gabriele C. said...

Merry Christmas