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Magical change

Rex the old ox complained and the cows and the sheep listened.

Suddenly there was a scuffle. They saw the innkeeper with a man and his pregnant wife making their way to the stable. He was telling them that there was no place in the inn. The curiosity of the animals was aroused.

Celebration

Soon, the lady gave birth to a beautiful male child. It was cold, so they placed the baby in the manger for warmth. The animals watched the baby wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in the manger. Suddenly, their dull and listless manger became bright and filled with energy. It was as if a divine peace permeated the place. The animals sensed that this was no ordinary child.

In a short while the little manger was filled with visitors. Shepherds came with their flock. The shepherds were excited and exclaimed. “This is Christ the Saviour, lying in a manger just as the Angel told us.” The animals learnt that while the shepherds were out in the field, an angel had appeared to them and said, “Do not be afraid for I bring you good tidings of great joy. For there is born to you this day in the city of David, a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord.”

“A Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes lying in a manager was the sign given to the shepherds by the angel,” the animals were told. The animals wondered how the Saviour, who should have been born in a palace, had been born in their humble manger.

“Could it be that the humble manger held a special place in the eyes of God,” pondered the ox. The animals sensed that the child had come with a heavenly mission, one that had to fulfil the will of God. There was no doubt that God cared for the humble, weak and downtrodden. They knew that they were not forsaken; surely God listens to the cries of the meek.


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