Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The Friendly Beasts

The Friendly Beasts

She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them. Luke 2:7 NLT

Jesus our brother, strong and good, 
Was humbly born in a stable rude, 
And the friendly beasts around him stood, 
Jesus our brother, strong and good.

The Friendly Beasts Christmas hymn shows you how powerful God really is. I mean to make all these animals contribute to Jesus’ birth and helping him it just really shows God’s power. I just think it is so cool how God can control these animals who probably only have brains the size of a walnut to do things for Jesus. I mean, some of them are kind of expected – like the donkey is kind of obvious because back then donkeys were like horses. But the dove – it is not every night that the dove sings you to sleep. Some things like the cow are not really about the animal, but it is about the trough that was used as Jesus’ cradle.

This hymn also shows how special Jesus is as God’s son. It shows you how much God cares for him and how much of a sacrifice it would have been for God when Jesus died. With that knowledge in mind, you really start to understand what it was like to care for someone that much and have to sacrifice him so that everyone else could have forgiveness of sins.

Dear God, thank you for all the “lovely beasts” in our world. Thank you for all our family and friends and loved ones. Thank you for sacrificing Jesus for our sins and thank you for having Him born. And thank you for all the things you have done for us. Amen.

Thomas Sims, Age 11 
(And son of Amelia!)

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