These five sheep came to rest on my mantle a few years ago. Our family has a great time moving them around into various sheep vignettes for our entertainment. (And for the sheep to have a change of scenery of course) When the manger scene came out of the box a few weeks ago, I thought about putting them away for the season. Mainly because if Mary and Joseph were this big and saw these huge sheep coming to worship, they would run for their lives! 🙂 But the sheep stayed, and so it is. And I’m not sure why, but things like this make me laugh. And that is a very good thing. Slainte, Lisa
*For more sheep vignettes, please visit an older blog entry of mine, “Don’t Go Down With the Sheep.”
I just read Amy “Saint Francis and the Christmas Donkey” by Robert Byrd. The delightful story tells how the donkey is unhappy with his braying laugh and long ears, and of course, being able to talk to St. Francis, lets him know of his troubles. St. Francis tells the wonderful story of how the faithful little donkey once carried Mary and her unborn child Jesus all the way over stony hills and hot desert roads to Bethlehem, and the stout and hearty heart of the donkey did not let her fall. The book ends with the sweet, tired but fulfilled donkey laying beside the manger with the newborn Christ. The other donkey, speaking to St. Francis, walks out into the snowy night and is at peace with who God created him to be.
Other than sheep, the farm animal that I love the most is the donkey. Something about their big heads, long ears, huge eyes, and fuzzy stout body is endearing. The cross on their backs is super-cool also. (Symbolic of the donkey carrying Mary and the Christ on his back 🙂 )
Here’s a friendly little fellow we befriended in County Kerry and some other donkey pictures for you to enjoy in this season to celebrate and remember the night that Christ was born. Slainte, Lisa
Christmas is almost upon us…15 more days. It is so easy for me to get caught up in the decorating, shopping, cooking, etc. that I forget the reason that I love Christmas. It’s the part of Charlie Brown Christmas where Linus gets up on stage and simply recites Luke 2, “…and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were sore afraid…” It’s watching a Christmas play at my mom & dad’s church, and getting teary-eyed when a small child dressed up like Mary sings “Silent Night” in a pure and simple voice. It’s looking at the wooden nativity set my husband’s family got in Germany, marveling at what the shepherds, Mary & Joseph all felt that night gazing at Jesus’ face and wondering what amazing and great things would happen in their lifetimes.
Christmas….Emmanuel….God with us. Be His. Lisa