The Night The Animals Talked
In the frosty mountains and on the snowy fields of
Norway, there is a legend that draws children to all
kinds to stables and stalls throughout the country on
each Christmas Eve night. They are hoping to hear a
miracle. They are waiting to hear the animals talk.
Over 2,000 years ago, Jesus was born in a stable in
Bethlehem. This was no abandoned place, but was a
working stable, filled with animals of all kinds. Into
these humble surroundings, encircled by the
innocent creatures of God, the Savior of man came
into the world.
Now according to legend, at least, Christ's birth
occurred at exactly midnight. Inside the stable, the
animals watched in wonder as the new-born babe
was lovingly wrapped in swaddling clothes and
placed in a manger. Suddenly, God gave voice to
the animals and immediately they began to praise
God for the miracle they had just seen. This went on
for several minutes and, just before the entrance of
the shepherds -- who had hurried to the stable
because angels had told them the Christ had been
born there -- the animals again fell silent. The only
humans who had heard them were Mary, Joseph
and, of course, the Christ child.
The legend of the talking animals persists to this day
in Scandinavia. And every Christmas Eve,
wide-eyed children creep into stables just before
midnight to hear the animals praise God for the
wondrous birth of His Son. Of course, adults scoff
at this. "Old wives tales," they grump. "Those
children should be home in bed, not out in the cold
waiting for the family cow to preach a sermon."
But the children know -- or at least believe -- that
animals really do praise God at midnight every
Christmas Eve. And who of us -- those who believe
in an all-powerful God -- can say that it really
Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is
impossible, but with God all things are possible."
(Matthew 19:26 NIV)
[ by: Ed Price -- from 'Themestream' ]
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