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From A Lowly Manger
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By Louis Gander
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A manger is a feeding trough.  A manger is not clean.
But this is where the Baby laid and this is what was seen.

Why would the God of all Creation send His Son to lie
in such a crude, repulsive place with purpose still to die?

Just maybe it was just a hint on how we are to serve
unselfishly to others in a way they don't deserve.

No one deserves the sunshine or the growth from many rains.
And none deserve the better things, but rather chains and pains.

We live a life of comfort with such pills that kill the pain,
but yet we go on living lives that make us go insane.

For sin has bound us mentally and we have not a clue.
We think we live a perfect life but "know not what we do".

We say we go to church and pay a tithe each Sunday morn.
We say we judge our neighbors not and treat them without scorn.

But buy, we do, for us the best and still complain enough
that prices are too high on all the poor substandard stuff.

"Reward us not with newest cars for we deserve them not.
Nor house, dear Lord, that's much too large despite the 'toys' we've got."

If we could be as humble as the Lord that saved our souls,
then maybe we could learn a bit and set some Godly goals.

Our God of all creation knew exactly how to plan
a way of full salvation from a feeding trough to Man.

From His life, don't be a stranger.  Hold His loving hands.
For coming from a lowly manger, Jesus understands.

©2021 louis gander - ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
http://www.ganderpoems.org/

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Submitted: Saturday, December 11, 2021

Last Updated: Saturday, December 11, 2021

About the Poet
Born in Richland Center, Wisconsin in 1954. It's the poem's message that matters- not the poet.


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