My son's favorite Christmas song this year is Silent Night, and I can't help but think of this post of Helene's from two years ago.
All is calm
All is bright
The cattle are lowing the poor baby wakes,
The little Lord Jesus no crying he makes...
What do you imagine the manger scene was like? I like singing both Silent Night and Away in a Manger, but I am suspicious about the picture they draw. Few of the times when I was present at the birth of a new baby has the picture been "calm." Okay, maybe after baby has been given a bath, had his hair washed, is wrapped in clean clothes and swaddled in a receiving blanket and asleep, there's "calm." For about 5 minutes until his tiny newborn tummy is empty and he's mewling for milk!