Empty Manger

Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

John 8:12

What if mild Mary long ago refused
the holy messenger that came to her,
as weary, arid desert sands blew;
blew silently across lonesome land.

What if Joseph had turned her away
when angels visited his troubling dreams?
Beads of sweat warmed he’s worried brow;
brow burdened with disappointment.

What if the modest family had not gone;
when called to little town of Bethlehem
Tucked smartly within rocky, hilly earth;
earth set aside for the Promised One.

What if meager manger had been empty;
a sparse shelter that wonderful holy night?
No animals to sing His lovely lullaby;
lullaby hopefully for all of mankind.

What if burly shepherds doubted
the things they heard in night skies? 
Songs of the newborn Baby King;
King to reign in Heaven on high.

What if the wealthy magi turned back
tired of travel across new lands?
Weary of following the star bright; 
bright and brilliant across inky night.

What if Christmas was forever veiled
among gifts, garland and guides?
No baby King Jesus to come to save;
save sinful folk just like you and I.

May you have a blessed Christmas, P. Wolf

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