Nobody wants to give birth in a stable—
smelly and dirty…
noisy with animal sounds…
nothing private or pleasant.
But maybe that’s just why it happened that way--
Emmanuel…God with us
not just in pleasant-ness
but in the dirty-ness of life.
Maybe we seek you in all the wrong places--
failing to see you in those who are “other”…
searching again in Herod’s palace
when—if we open our eyes--
we find hope in the stable.