A nativity scene

Miracle in a Manger 

— By Jaye Lewis

Christmas is for children.  Children of all ages.  Everyone who is a child at heart.  So let us not forget the child who started it all.  A little boy, moments old, filled the world with hope and love.  I cannot tell the story better than the Gospel of Luke, in the Bible, but I can give you a peek into my heart at Christmas. I see four dogs, keeping their watch by night, peeking into a manger where the Son of God and Savior of the World lies sleeping.  I see a night where I would have wanted to be, should I have lived then, just me and my dogs, in a manger.


Miracle in a manger

On a midnight clear,

Singing filled the universe

From angels far and near.

Shepherds heard the story

Marveling at the words;

Making haste to see the King

They left their grazing herds.

On the climb up to the manger

Deep within a darkened cave,

They could hear the shushing voices

Telling animals to behave.

And then the shepherds saw the cave

Send forth a golden glow.

The light spilled down the mountainside

And filled the valley below.

Stars that twinkled in the night

Shouted out with silent joy.

To celebrate the miracle

Of Mary’s baby boy.

Around the tiny manger

The animals stood in awe,

And something deep within them

Made them celebrate what they saw.

The ox began it’s lowing

As Donkey began to bray.

“Shout out all you creatures!

Christ is born for us this day.”

Then other creatures, great and small,

Moved forth to take a peep

As Mary held her little one,

Who lay there fast asleep.

Mini-dachshund gazed in wonder,

As mini-schnauzer smiled;

Shepherd dog and Pomeranian

Beheld the little child.

“Rejoice!” Sang angel voices.

“Behold a marvelous thing!

In Bethlehem of David

Is born our Christ the King!”


© Jaye Lewis, December, 2011



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