Monday, December 14, 2015

Savor the Season - The Animals of Christmas

By Karla Jones Seidita, Home Economist

In Sunday school, we all learned that Christ was born in a manger.  

It was a symbol of humility but I like to think there's a little more to the story.

Perhaps the manger birth was also to show us that animals are not just here on earth to do our work and provide us food but to be companions in our shared life.

Had Christ been born in a house or hotel or hospital, animals would have not been present.  In a manger, animals are part of the natural way of things.

No other companions so willingly do our bidding or give up their lives so that we might eat.  

Look into their eyes and you'll see gentle souls who never ask for much.  A kind word or pat on the head is usually all they need to feel content and loved.

The more urban we become, the more we move away from our connection to animals. 

When we loose this connection, we loose their grace and holiness. 

When we loose the grace and holiness of animals, we loose their energy and companionship. 

When we loose their energy and companionship, we loose a huge part of our humanity.

Animals are part of the Christmas message.
Christ was born to all of us.....the animals, too.

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