Let the Stable Still Astonish

I stumbled across this poem in Jan Karon’s Light from Heaven, and it stirs me every time I read it.  Let it remind you again of the wonder of the season — and of the gospel.

Let the stable still astonish:

Straw-dirt floor, dull eyes,

Dusty flanks of donkeys, oxen;

Crumbling, crooked walls;

No bed to carry that pain,

And then, the child,

Rag-wrapped, laid to cry

In a trough.


Who would have chosen this?

Who would have said, “Yes,

Let the God of all the heavens and earth

be born here, in this place.”?


Who but the same God

Who stands in the darker, fouler rooms of our hearts

and says, “Yes, let the God

of Heaven and Earth

be born here —

in this place.”

~ Leslie Leyland Fields 

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