Monday, December 24, 2012

A Dog's Christmas Eve

I wondered as I walked through the ice and snow. I knew it was Christmas Eve, but what to do. My humans have been so good to me that I want to get them something special for Christmas, but it’s too late now. And, I don’t even know what I want to get them- it’s has to be very special.

We’re taking a long walk tonight since my human had the day off. We’re headed along a different path, I don’t recognize the area or the scents, Dad must be in the exploring mood. We continue through the ice and snow, making a few stops or slowing down in the areas that I think are a little too slick for my human. The ice and snow is hard for him but he loves to go out with me so we work together on it.

We round the corner and stop. Dad looks at me, smiles, then proceeds to join in with the group of people standing around and singing. “Silent Night, Holy Night, All is Calm, All is Bright…….. “ The music goes on, as they sing “O Come All Ye Faithful.” Why all the singing? Sort of weird. Out here in the woods.

A group is gathering around what looks to me to be a barn or a stable. Okay- we live in the suburbs, not the country! H-M-M-M-M-M…. And a really bright star is shining down on it. This is strange, it looks like a star has stopped over this stable and is shining its light over it. I don’t ever remember being here before. Maybe it’s an airplane waiting to land at the local airport- I’m not sure what’s going on, but my human wants to stay so I will. I’ll just keep an eye out on things to protect my human. The inside is brightly lit.

Then, a man’s voice spoke, I looked around but couldn’t see where it was coming from. All I can see are the leg’s in front of me- but he said:

    “In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken
     of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while 
    Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to

    "So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to 
    Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of 
    David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married 
    to him and was expecting a child." (Luke 2:1-5)

I tug hard on my leash to get closer to see what’s happening because I don’t understand- why are all these humans here. I can’t get much closer to see. The man continues to speak:

     “While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she

     gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed
     him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them." 
   (Luke 2:6-7)

And, a quiet hush falls over the scene. I begin to bark as I see something white flying in the sky. My eyes are filling with tears as I hear and watch this. I’d never seen a human born and I can just barely see this one - peculiar, they are crying too. Suddenly the light from the sky grows brighter. A few move forward so I follow and can see the baby better. I am frightened at first because there’s a bright round circle around the baby’s head. My human stands in awe- speechless- and moves with me to get a closer look- am still not sure where our long walk has taken us. A man and a woman quickly stand, look out to us take turns saying:

     “And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch
     over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the
     glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel
     said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great
     joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to
     you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a 
     baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

     "Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, 
      praising God and saying,

     “Glory to God in the highest heaven,and on

     earth peace to those on whom his favor

     "When the angels had left them and gone

     into heaven, the shepherds said to one 
     another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this
     thing that has happened, which the Lord has 
     told us about.”

     "So they hurried off and found Mary and

     Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the 
     manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had
    been told them about this child,  and all who heard it were amazed at what the 
    shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered 
    them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for
    all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been
    told."  Luke 2:8-20

It’s getting late and I am growing sadder since I can’t get my humans a Christmas present. They’ve been so good to me by taking me in and giving me a home and food –so soon after losing their other dog.

I looked up at my human who has tears rolling down his face while smiling. Not sure what this is all about. I look up again and he catches me looking. I must have had a bewildered look on my face because he said,  “This is what Christmas is all about- the celebration of Christ’s Birth. He came to earth to save us from our sins so we may have eternal life. It is the greatest Christmas present.” At that moment, I bowed my head in sadness. I wanted to run off and cry- but the leash won’t let me unless I drag my human down the street with me, though tempting, I don’t want to hurt him.   “And you Noah, are a special present given to us to make life on earth, more bearable- if you only knew how much we love you and what a gift you are everyday."

I look at him with tears in my eyes. So, I have given him a Christmas present. Suddenly, the area is dark. The scene is gone. Strange. We walk back the way we came. It’s snowing again and my human isn’t walking through it very well. I walk beside him which seems to somehow offer some comfort to his walk. He reaches down and puts his hand on my head. 

"May the true blessings of Christmas be yours!"

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