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December Village Green Corner
by Barbara Echlin,Edwin Muir, the Orkney poet, describes the birth of the child who, according to Matthew's gospel, is 'God with us'.
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Among the cattle in a byre.
The clamorous world was all around,
Beast, insect, plant, earth, water, fire.
Many paintings of the Nativity include animals around the manger and sheep in the fields. The beautiful carvings in the Christmas crib at St Peter's go back to the inspiration of Francis of Assisi and the Christmas creche at Grechio. Jesus, like us, was and is interconnected and interdependent with the world around him. The Christmas story reminds us how the incarnation and our redemption are centred in the earth. It also points to the importance of families and the nurture of children.
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