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Words from the Stable

Darkness
Confusion
Rejection
Uncertainty
Improvisation
Accommodation
Dust
Straw
Labor
Danger
Adaptation
Pain
Gasps
Breaths
Sweat
Contractions
Interruption
Animals 
Fear
Wonder
Whispers
Consoling
Motivation
Soon
Weeping
Helplessness 
Pushing
Grasping
Encouraging
Tears
Straining
Fluid
Blood
Tiny head
Chest
Relief
Joy 
Infant
Crying
Father
Rejoicing
Mother
Smiling
CHILD
Rags
Nurture
Connection

King
Answer
Peace
Lamb
Savior
Hope 
Joy
Exchange
Love
Sacrifice
Grace
Yes
Jesus
Beginning

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Song Introduction to “Away in a Manger”

Here is an easy, informal reading to be performed before “Away in the Manger”

Reader 1:  away

Reader 2:  but so near to the outcast

Reader 1:  near to the blood of the innocents

Reader 2:  near to life, a dangerous mystery

Reader 1:  no crib for a bed

Reader 2:  1st century squalor of animals

Both:  away

Reader 1:  alone

Reader 2:  no turning back

Reader 1:  the little Lord Jesus

Reader 2:  God meshed in skin

Reader 1:  helpless Master Infant

Reader 2:  laid down His sweet head

Reader 1:  the brow of thorns

Reader 2:  smitten by bandits, spit upon, mocked

Reader 1:  yet eyes still fixed on His love

Reader 2:  the stars in the sky

Reader 1:  each fixed in place

Reader 2:  bold, mighty, universe

Reader 1:  the Author: this Infant

Reader 2:  full of wonder

Reader 1:  as angels, and Abba

Reader 2:  proudly, sadly

Reader 1:  looked down where He lay

Both:  away

Reader 2:  relentlessly committed

Both:  away

Reader 1:  vacating the thrones and crowns of glory

Both:  away

Reader 1:  the glory of His love

Both:  away

Reader 2:  humble

Reader 1:  Master

Reader 2:  Creator

Both:  away

Reader 1:  matchless mysterious Ruler

Both:  Away