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God created everything - but, why did he bother with rats? Perhaps, if you were a rat, you'd be asking, why did he bother with humans?
When Christ was born in Bethlehem
The angels sang a song,
The wise men brought their precious gifts,
The shepherds came along.
To welcome Jesus Christ the Lord
They’d come from near and far
And made a pretty Christmas scene,
Illumined by a star.
A pretty scene? Don’t give me that!
A 'lowly cattle shed' –
You wouldn’t choose to give your child
A manger for a bed!
’Twas dark and dirty, smelly too –
With ox and ass around
I’d hardly like to mention what
You’d find there, on the ground.
The ox and ass? O yes, and then,
The shepherds brought a lamb.
The animals could also greet
Their Maker, God made man.
But ox and ass were not alone –
The rest were not so 'nice'!
Like creepy-crawlies in the hay –
And us – the rats and mice.
Yes, I was there, and in my way
I welcomed Jesus too,
Though no one would have welcomed me
So I kept out of view!
For Mary would have screamed out loud
If she had seen me there.
As far as she’s concerned, I’m just
Not welcome anywhere,
And Joseph would have grabbed a stick
And bashed me on the head.
The innkeeper sets poisoned traps –
He wants to see me dead!
But One was there who wanted me,
So, just for Him, I came.
You see, He made me like the rest
And loves me just the same.
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