“The King of all kings to this world being brought,English Traditional Carol
Small store of fine linen to wrap him was sought;
And when she had swaddled her young son so sweet,
Within an ox-manger she laid him to sleep.”
“Once, in Royal David’s City stood a lowly cattle shed.”C F Alexander
I am the heart that houses the cone
I am the cone enclosing the cedar
I am the cedar sawn for the cradle
forest of the body, body of the tree
I am the cradle rocking the baby
I am the baby containing the man
I am the man nailed on the cross
tree of the body, body of the forest
I am the cross sawn from the cedar
I am the cedar enclosed in the cone
I am the cone housed in the heart
here in my heart, Jesus, springingKevin Crossley-Holland
Quite a lot of to-ing and fro-ing from an early hour today. The Innkeeper was up before sunrise to head off for her school. The Innkeeper’s husband fetched breakfast for us, then left to take the children to school and college.
I was taking in our surroundings a bit more today – beside us are a number of figures surrounding a new born child, looked on by their parents and what appear to be cows and sheep.I do worry about where we will end up to give birth to my Son – am I destined to give birth in a stable too?
But I know God will provide – He is with us, in the Child in my belly, in the compassion of Joseph, in the strong back of our donkey, in the hearts of so many who welcome us into their lives and homes.
We have much to be thankful for, and all will be well.
We spent the day with the Innkeeper’s husband, in the Study while he worked. He seemed to welcome our presence there – God blesses us, even as we work and provide for our families, and I think we reminded him of that.
In the evening the family came together for tea but there was more to do. First, a bit more music recording (a song about Bethlehem – where we are heading!) and our hosts spent time writing cards. There really is a bustle to this time of year – I do wonder what can possibly excite people so.
We asked for blessings on our temporary home and once again let the night take us.