Voices of Christmasby Nikki Grimes, Eric Velasquez
Step into the shoes of Mary, Joseph, the Innkeeper, Elizabeth, the Shepherds, and more as we poetically recount the wonder of the birth of Jesus through the eyes of those who were witness. Audio CD included.
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Voices of Christmas
By Nikki Grimes
ZondervanCopyright © 2009 Nikki Grimes
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In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin.
Hush! The hour is late. Nazareth lies sleeping, and I wait for my Lord's signal to once again go to earth below. When last I went, my words were for Zechariah. Now, I pace the halls of heaven memorizing a message for Mary. (Every archangel I see envies me!) I must get the message right: The Light of the World is on his way! What will Mary say when I tell her? I wonder what he'll look like, God wrapped in baby's skin, stepping from Eternity into Time? How will he hide his glory? How will he hold it all in? Ah! There! The bells chime and I must go. And so I spread my wings, and spring from heaven's balcony.
In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.
Who could forget it? The sky a cloak of velvet stitched with stars, we shepherds studied the heavens while our sweet sheep rested safe in the pen we'd built of whatever rocks we could find. And there I was leaning against a tree cradlingMoriah, a wee lamb tuckered out from wandering off again. My feet burned from the chase. Then suddenly the sky blazed with the light of an angel. "Be not afraid," he said. "To you is born this day a Savior, the Messiah." Moriah stirred at this voice like thunder. I wondered, Why come to us? We are not priests. But then, I remembered King David, how God drew near to him who once was a shepherd too. "You will find the child lying in a manger," the angel said. We fled from the hills to search for this wonder, this holy child. You ask if we found him. What? Did you not hear us shout for joy?
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