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4. The Empty Crib

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, springing

Kevin Crossley-Holland

3. Mary & Joseph at Prayer

In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered.  All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child

Luke 2.1-5