Letting Advent work its magic through children's literature today:
Last week we dug into our Christmas boxes for nativities, candles, and books. Among these books is a new favorite of mine about a pig in a manger. In a nutshell, the barnyard creatures are getting loud and proud about the importance of their great-great-great grandparents’ role in the story of the nativity. The donkey whose family carried Mary, the sheep’s wool that made the scratchy hay bearable, the dove’s lullaby that cooed the Christ child to sleep (you get the picture).
Meanwhile, one little piglet is begging to know what pigs did in the manger. She is mostly ignored, though assured that pigs are unworthy of a role in such a holy event. Frustrated the pig goes into the night, never to return. Long story short, the pig encounters a woman and her child lost in the blizzard and guides them to the warmth of the barn where the animals welcome the modern day Holy Family—orchestrated by the ‘unworthiest’ of them all.
I rarely make it through the book without tears!..