“Animals are such agreeable friends – they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.” – George Eliot
I am an animal lover, so it’s no surprise that one of my favorite parts of the Christmas manger scene is the animals grouped around Baby Jesus, Mary and Joseph on the night of his birth.
There is something so right about the Son of God being welcomed to this often cold, cruel world by gentle creatures the Lord made. I like to think the warm breath of the animals, their soft low night noises and the sweet smell of the hay in the stable comforted the little family as they lie looking at that bright star, wondering about the unknown ahead.
Christmas is a time for giving and our community steps up generously to provide gifts and food for our neighbors in need. Another group that bears remembering at this time of charitable donation is the animals - the many, many unwanted animals in our county.