Christmas: Day 12-The Donkey

Christmas: Day 12-The Donkey

Day 12. December 12, 2019

Nativity Companion: The Donkey

Opening Prayer:

God, might we look for you and find you in all of the places where there is life. We seek to hear and know you through your creation. Open our hearts that we might see you anew, oh God of life. AMEN.

Scripture:

Luke 1:46-49 (NRSV).

46 And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,48 for God has looked with favor on the lowliness of God’s servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is God’s name.

Reflection (from Eric Hansen).

Hey/Hay!

That’s hello to you and dinner for me – a little donkey humor…hehe-haw! 

(I’m kind of tired of people thinking that us donkeys are dumb…)

Anyway, since I am the only one who has been there for the whole story, let me give you a first person/animal account of the last ten days.

It’s 145 kilometers (90 miles) from Nazareth to Bethlehem.  It took us about nine days on unpaved, hilly trails.  The temperature was in the 30’s with rain during the day and freezing at night. 

Mary and Joseph are amazing.  I’m pretty sure that being nine months pregnant, riding a donkey all day, and camping at night was not Mary’s first choice of activities, but she never complains – and Joseph always takes such good care of her. 

She’s so young.  And Joseph is so good to her. I’ve heard all the discussions between them – from the moment when Mary found out she was pregnant – she was scared, Joseph was angry, and both were confused, but their love and commitment never wavered.  

They are in this together, whatever happens.

You all know the story of the birth and Jesus lying in my feed trough – (on my hay, by the way!).  I watched the birth and was the first to see him.  He’s beautiful and strong, just like his parents.

None of us knows what’s next, but I’m so lucky to be a part of this family.  I’ll keep you updated as the story unfolds…

Questions for Consideration.

  • What is a journey on your life that you wouldn’t have undertaken on your own?
  • Pause and reflect on who you are journeying with. How might you recall that you are together in this? How might you let the other(s) know that you are there to support them in this journey.

Closing Prayer. 

God, following the donkey, might we enter the story of your coming into the world from a new perspective. We seek to be like Mary and Joseph and be in this together, no matter what. And so we wait for you, we look for you, we long for your coming.  AMEN.

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