This blog-phenomenon comes to us from the mind of Lisa-Jo Baker of “Tales of a Gypsy Mama”, and requires participants to respond to a single-word prompt by writing for only 5 minutes. We’re not supposed to edit or worry about mechanics — just write.
The prompt for this week is “Wonder.” Here’s what I came up with, writing in 5 minutes flat.
I have to admit, when I first walked by the Inn, I had to laugh.
Only a seven year old would cram such precious real estate with sheep and camels and every far-traveling king available on that night.
I studied how the tail-ends of the saddled animals hung from the border of the miniature platform, squeezing in to gain a few inches and a better view of a different kind of King.
The Christmas decorator in me wanted to reach out and re-do the whole thing: leave the best space for Joseph and Mary and the babe; kick out the livestock and the undoubtedly smelling shepherds. Tell the wise men to admire from afar.
After all, let’s not crowd this new infant.
But then it occurred to me: wouldn’t our best gift this Christmas be to give Jesus a little more of our attention?
Shouldn’t we all be racing and elbowing to get a little closer to him? To admire him from the side of the manger instead of at arm’s length?
Shouldn’t we all resurrect a little wonder this Christmas…and draw nearer to Him?
(whew!! that always goes so fast!)
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