straw-strewn cradle in the night,
rough-hewn, muzzle-dampened space
where cattle feed, sparrows nest,
and cloth snags on splintered wood.
O simple feed trough
for God’s lowly beasts,
you are first bearer of Good News;
first container of Living Water, Bread of Life.
Come, clear out with a gust of father’s breath
and mother’s trembling touch;
make room to behold the promise of God.
– Pamela C. Hawkins
From page 97 of Behold! Cultivating Attentiveness in the Season of Advent by Pamela C. Hawkins. Copyright © 2011 by Pamela C. Hawkins. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
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For as the earth brings forth its shoots, and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up, so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring up before all the nations.
Isaiah 61:11, NRSV
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This week we remember: Stephen (December 26).
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