What Can I Give?

 

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The Friendly Beasts

Originated in twelth-century France, set to the Latin song “Orientis Partibus.”

English words written by Robert Davis in the 1920’s.

 

Jesus our brother, kind and good
Was humbly born in a stable rude
And the friendly beasts around Him stood,
Jesus our brother, kind and good.

“I,” said the donkey, shaggy and brown,
“I carried His mother up hill and down;
I carried her safely to Bethlehem town.”
“I,” said the donkey, shaggy and brown.

“I,” said the cow all white and red
“I gave Him my manger for His bed;
I gave him my hay to pillow his head.”
“I,” said the cow all white and red.

“I,” said the sheep with curly horn,
“I gave Him my wool for His blanket warm;
He wore my coat on Christmas morn.”
“I,” said the sheep with curly horn.

“I,” said the dove from the rafters high,
“I cooed Him to sleep so He would not cry;
We cooed him to sleep, my mate and I.”
“I,” said the dove from the rafters high.

Thus every beast by some good spell,
In the stable dark was glad to tell
Of the gift he gave Immanuel,
The gift he gave Immanuel.

“I,” was glad to tell
Of the gift he gave Immanuel,
The gift he gave Immanuel.
Jesus our brother, kind and good.

 

I remember singing this song as a child. I loved the sweet gifts each animal gave. They gave what they had. Unlike the Three Wise Men, they didn’t come prepared for a formal celebration. The blessed event occurred in their stall, with them; God was with them there, in the form of a helpless infant. Knowing only how they nursed their own young, they gave what they had: strength and sure-footedness from the donkey, the cow, his feed box softened with sweet-smelling hay, the sheep his soft wool for a blanket to warm Him, The doves soothing him with their cooing enabling Him to sleep peacefully, and all men and women who knew the story told of the miraculous birth. Their story has been passed down through the ages because they told what they saw and heard. Can I do that as well? Tell what I know, share what I know of the birth of You, Our Lord and Savior, to those in need of the true story of  God-man who came to teach us all, be the way-shower, and sacrifice His life so that our sins are forgiven that we may follow Him to the Heavenly Kingdom forever and ever, life ever-lasting. It takes no planning, no shopping, no wrapping, no ribbon, it only takes time to share what we know about You, Dear Lord. Time with a fellow seeker wanting to hear of Your Word coming down to Earth, God With Us. A simple gift, a gift that even without words can be shown to others through our lives lived according to His word. Walking in the Light of the Lord, showing, not telling of His Love for each and every one of us. “I can” do that, “I can.”  Amen

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