Away in a manger


So many different ways to show it, be it a nativity or a crèche, it’s the simple story of the birth of Jesus. There’s not much you can do with it except to get everybody there — even the wise men, though they came much later — and place them around the manger and the baby and Mary and Joseph. It’s a quiet, tender scene. “Away in a manger no crib for a bed, the little Lord Jesus lays down His sweet head. The stars in the sky look down where He lay. The little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay.”

Whether the shepherds are the neighborhood kids in bathrobes, or the professional actors in the closing nativity scene of New York’s Radio City Christmas Spectacular Starring the Rockettes, (a little too spectacular for a stable) it never gets old. God truly came up with something none of us would have ever thought of. Jesus, born into straw poverty. Jesus starts right out identifying with the poor and the homeless. Little baby, lay down your sweet head now while you actually have a place to lay it. Later, you will not.

It’s such an arresting picture that cuts through all the glitz and glitter of the season. Once again, imagine the night sky and the angelic hosts and the shepherds and Mary and Joseph, and the baby, lying in a manger, just as the angel said. A baby and a king. A baby and a savior. A baby and hope. A baby and light in the darkness.

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace among people of good will.”

Merry Christmas and we will return on December 27.


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5 Responses to Away in a manger

  1. Larry Gaskin says:

    Merry Christmas to you all…..And Thank you for what you do!!!May God richly Bless!!!!

  2. Happy Birthday Jesus!!!


  3. Sandra J Campbell (Sandy) says:

    Merry Christmas to two wonderful, loving, caring friends and that’s how I think of you and Marti!! You’re both such a blessing and encouragement to me and I’m so thankful for you!! Hope your Christmas is blessed!!!

  4. Toni Petrella says:

    I am saying Merry Christmas to the Catch Family. I spent the last six days at Nellis Federal Hospital in intensive care and went home today. New Year will look even better than ever before. I will celebrate with my daughter, and Grand children in a few days. Take care, and God Bless to all of you.

  5. Well…
    As most of us are in the dark as to what happened with John’s return this past Monday, please let me be (one of) the first to wish everyone a happy and blessed 2022!

    The following Steve Hartman episode (CBS News) may be a a helpful parallel insight as to what John and Marti envisioned many years ago, plus it’s a real darn good story:

    Shalom, Peace, and Clarity to all who adore Him, Christ our Lord!!!


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