The first day, they brought the Stable piece, upon which all of the other pieces are put. It caused me to reflect upon the symbolism of that. Stables were where beasts of burden were housed. How fitting that he who would bear all of our burdens had his beginning in such a place.
Day 2, we got a gift, and the piece of the nativity was a lamb. I immediately thought of the scripture, now immortalized in Handel's Messiah, "Behold the Lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world." Can we behold that little child who eventually took our sins upon him? I was also reminded of the symbolism of a lamb without blemish. Christ was truly that. He suffered for our sins, yet deserved none of it, the only perfect, sinless lamb without blemish.
These are some of the thoughts these pieces brought to mind, and I wanted to share them with you.
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