silent night

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Silent Night?           Luke 2

I do not think so

There were too many people in town

There were people in every nook and crevice

There were the rich and poor

There were the well and the sick

There were the young and old

There were the good and the…..not so good

There were the clean and the unclean

There were the hygienic and the…..SHEPHERDS

This town was anything but quiet

EVEN THE BARNS HAD PEOPLE LIVING IN THEM

Every spare inch of town was full!

I remember there was even a pregnant lady sleeping in a barn!

            It was so sad

I would have given up my room gladly, but my room was in the back yard of a distant relative with 50 other people, so……yea

This precious young lady, girl really, even gave birth amidst all the racket, livestock and nasty smells of that barn.

Her husband dutifully by her side trying to help but we all know how helpful men can be at times like these.

I think the whole city knew when the baby was born!  The animals seemed to shout!  The city seemed to become brighter!  We all knew that something had happened.,,,we were just not real sure what!

Then Shepherds came in from their fields – THEY LEFT THEIR SHEEP! and began to tell a story of bright lights, Angels in the skies and The Messiah …….. in a barn feeding trough….?

The anticipated King of our people ….wrapped in rags? No—no

BUT, we remembered the pregnant woman who was giving birth in the Holiday In Barn and thought…maybe…..just maybe…

So we led them there and watched as these shepherds – stinky men yes – BUT hard working men, strong men, self-reliant guys – real men …

They went up to the feeding trough and bowed down to worship this little, tiny baby – and through tear filled eyes shared their story.

There were many gasps and cheers – much excitement that night.  Many handshakes and hugs and hardy pats on the back for the husband….

But certainly not silence….EXCEPT FOR ONE…The Mother  – MARY was silent.

As she listened and thought about what was being told it looked like she was putting a puzzle together – maybe she had already known what would happen?  Maybe

But this night, she was the silent one.

Mary did you know that your baby boy will some day walk on water?

Mary did you know that your baby boy will save our sons and daughters?
Did you know that your baby boy has come to make you new?
This child that you’ve delivered, will soon deliver you.

Mary did you know that your baby boy will give sight to a blind man?
Mary did you know that your baby boy will calm a storm with his hand?
Did you know that your baby boy has walked where angels trod?
And when your kiss your little baby, you have kissed the face of God.

Oh Mary did you know

The blind will see, the deaf will hear, the dead will live again.
The lame will leap, the dumb will speak, the praises of the lamb

Mary did you know that your baby boy is Lord of all creation?
Mary did you know that your baby boy would one day rule the nations?
Did you know that your baby boy is heaven’s perfect Lamb?
This sleeping child you’re holding is the great I am

 Do you know?  Do you know that Jesus is still here for all people?  Rich and poor?  Red, Yellow, Black, Brown, Olive and White?  Clean and dirty? Sick and healthy?    Jesus has come – For YOU?!

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