The Night The Animals Talked and The Story Of The Donkey's Cross

| 12/16/2015 3:21:00 PM

Tags: animals, Christmas legends, Ginnie Baker, Bellville, Ohio,

Ginnie BakerAs Christmas draws near, I look at my miniature donkeys, Samson and Delilah, when I spend time with them out in the barn or pasture and picture them at the Manger scene. Right now, it’s a little difficult to imagine them with the baby Jesus since they are young, energetic and at times, unruly! But they are gentle, loving creatures and it would seem appropriate for them to be near the manger.

They make me think of two wonderful stories about animals, including donkeys, and Jesus. The first is the story “The Night the Animals Talked,” a favorite of mine since I was a child.

In Norway, there is a legend that draws children to all kinds of stables and stalls throughout the country each Christmas Eve night. They are hoping to hear a miracle, waiting to hear the animals talk.

When baby Jesus was born in a stable in Bethlehem, it was a working stable, filled with animals of all kinds, including the little donkey. In those humble surroundings, circled by the innocent creatures of God, the Savior of man came into the world.

According to the legend, Christ's birth occurred at exactly midnight. Inside the stable, the animals watched in wonder as the newborn babe was lovingly wrapped in swaddling clothes and placed in a manger. Suddenly, God gave the animals voices and immediately they began to praise Him for the miracle they had just seen. This went on for several minutes and just before the shepherds arrived, the animals again fell silent. The only humans who had heard them were Mary, Joseph and the Christ child.

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