Sunday, December 24, 2017

A Christmas Eve Story!

"Morning Sunrise"
(C) Allen Pearson

The day began just like any other day of the week. A beautiful sunrise to the east followed by hustle and bustle, humans going to and fro… never did know where “fro” was- but as they go, it seems like it could be barkingly fun. Paws, I do enjoy my quiet less stressful day and let the humans go their way.

I have my breakfast and Spring water and head to one of my favorite spots in our home, my pillow in the sunroom. I love it as I can see the backyard and nature’s critters getting food and water. Many days I see quite a few different species of birds stopping by on their way south. Some days, a herd of deer will go through the field and stop by too. I’ve heard there are bear in the area but we haven’t seen one. The story is, if you see an animal which looks like a Chow Chow roaming around the street, be sure it is a Chow Chow before you go up and pet it. It’s probably safer for you to go back the way you came. WOOF! A few neighbors have seen the bear as they go out and about. For a neighborhood-type community, it’s a great mix of wildlife in the area.

Today, all of my wildlife friends have stopped by except the bear. Bluebirds, Blue Jays, Robins, Whitetail Deer, Gophers, Groundhogs, Hawks, Eagles, when all of a sudden, they took off- and, YIKES, a Skunk followed by a snake or two came by the garden for a snack. An unusually busy day in the backyard, but I’ve enjoyed watching the party.

As the morning goes on, it’s time for my morning nap so I curl up on my human’s sofa for a while. Dad comes to work a bit so I drift off for awhile.

"Snowy Branches"
(C) Allen Pearson
WOOF! I napped for what seems like an eternity and have awaken to the ground covered with snow and it’s still falling. How I love a good snow storm especially those which cover the ground and you cannot see the grass anymore. WOOF! I like to go out and eat it and try to catch the snowflakes on my tongue. Yes, some humans think it’s hilarious to see a large black dog rolling in the snow and trying to catch snowflakes, but hey, gotta live in the moment as you never know when the moment will come again.

As the day goes on, a quiet hush seems to settle over the evening. It’s usually quiet where we live but this is much like a silent night, holy night, all is calm and all is bright. I’ve never seen this happen before. As I walk around the house exploring the property, I notice the hush of the day turns into a night. I am surprised to see none of my animal friends coming to our backyard for food and water. I have to wonder where they went as I wanted to wish them a Merry Christmas!

Our evening routine is dinner and we curl up together in front of the TV and watch whatever funny is on and sometimes whatever good drama is on- just depends. Tonight though seems t be different. Mom is dressed like she’s going somewhere and, well, Dad is dressed too. Their dinner is a simple one and they have given me mine too- wonder what’s up. They are usually casual around the house and we eat later too.

While I’m eating me dinner I notice the strangest light coming through the window panes. By this time, it’s usually dark out with some city lights in the distance. Tonight, I see a bright light shining off in the east while the rest is surrounded by a darkness And,, barks, the city in the distance is quiet and dark. This is weird. I keep an eye on it all as I want to have all my food. bark.

After dinner, my humans get bundled up to go out and grab my leash. I’m going with them? Tonight has been an unusual ending to an interesting day to say the least.

As we head out, Dad and Mom do not get in the car but head to the street. I notice the light is even brighter outside. The stars are amazing too. Seems there are a gazillion billion of them out tonight. Barks! I have never seem such as awesome sight. Toward the east, the stars seem brighter.

"Branches of Snow"
(C) Allen Pearson
As we go for our walk, we see many of our neighbors. All of them are smiling and have such a peaceful look on their faces. Some of them have brought their dogs with them too have few others have brought their farm animals along. Seems to be another strange thing for this evening, as normally, we do not see this many out walking at the time we do. Nor do we normally see the cows or horses going for a walk! BARK!

The light seems to be getting brighter as we walk toward the east. We have walked this way many times before including earlier today. It’s gotten so bright that my human doesn’t need the flashlight he carries any longer as I see him turn it off.

As we continue walking, I began hearing a ruffling up and about and around me almost like birds especially hawks might make in flight but I see nothing …. yet. I hear a quiet singing in the distance too- like maybe one of the songs dad plays on his computer. I look at Dad to see if he has his phone on to play music though he’s never do that before. No music from Dad- h-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m. Woof!

As we walk, we come upon a crowd. A crowd of humans and animals. Yes, animals. Loose, not tied up. Some wild. Some domesticate. Am staring around to determine what’s going on here- some of the animals are kneeling and some are sitting next to each other while some of the humans are doing the same.

The light is really bright, yet so peaceful. I hear the voices of angels, humans, and some animals make noises singing “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing! Glory to the Newborn King….. Away in a Manger..No crib for His bed….the little Lord Jesus...Lay down His sweet head….The stars in the sky...Look down where He lay… The little Lord Jesus….Asleep on the hay….It came upon the midnight clear…..” I hear the sounds of many instruments too, cellos, violins, a pipe organ, and the list goes on...Barkingly amazing….

I sneak my way through the crowd to get a better look as to what’s going on. I see a Manger with a man and a woman and a baby lying in a manger. Many of the animals I saw walking have surrounded the baby. All of a sudden …..

“9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” Luke 9:

I get it, on this Silent Night while Herald the Herald Angels Sing the Baby Lord Jesus was born Away in a Manger so that He could become man. He would live a life of around 36 years before being crucified on a cross for man’s sins. He came for mankind and He died for mankind. Christmas is a celebration of the Birth of Jesus Christ. His Life. His Love.

Barkingly, if you would like to learn more about God’s Gift of Salvation for man, please visit Peace With God.

(C) Ralph Dally Flickr Creative Commons

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