Atonement | Christ | Christmas | Incarnation | Salvation | Sin

As soon as the tree is trimmed, the next Christmas event in our home is getting out the nativity scene. The pieces come from at least three different sets. They include a 3- legged donkey and a one-horned cow. (I’m not sure if that is from Luke or Matthew’s version.) Fortunately, all of them are either plastic or wood. I say fortunately, because they have constantly occupied one little boy’s waking hours. Of course, this little boy’s parents have been deliberate in teaching him each character’s proper name and each animal’s proper sound. But his favorite thing is just trying to fit too many pieces into the too small stable. Just when I was sure that boy wonder finally understood that camels go on the left with the wise men and the sheep on the right with the shepherds — you know what he did? He put one of the sheep in the manger and stood up baby Jesus…

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