Posted by: Thomas Drinkard | December 12, 2014

A New Fable for Christmas – Part 2

The angel, Jude, is with the shepherd boy, Haman.  The other shepherds have gone into Bethlehem to seek the Christ Child, leaving Haman behind. The story continues.


“So now, how long are you going to stay with me?” Haman said?

The angel looked up from stroking the lamb’s head.

“As long as you need me.”

“What will the shepherds find when they get to Bethlehem?”

“When they search, as Gabe has told them, they’ll find the Baby; his mother, Mary and her husband, Joseph. They are in a stable near the inn. There was no room for them there, and after He was born, they wrapped him in baby clothes and laid him in a feed trough on some hay. When they return, they’ll tell you all about it.”

The sky was bright with a three-quarters moon and clear. It seemed dark, though, after the brilliant glory Haman had seen.

Jude sat beside him, still stroking the head of the lamb.

“Oh, how I wish I could see it all,” Haman said.

“Gabe thought you’d say that. He told me to show you.”


“Just remember what Gabe told the other shepherds, and look in the direction of the town.”

When Haman followed the angel’s directions, the scene from the inn’s stable stood before him. It was certainly a stable. Cows, donkeys and sheep were there, along with the shepherds that had been watching over the sheep with the boy, just hours before. They were kneeling on the dirt floor. Even the animals were quiet and seemed awed.

Inside the ramshackle building, though, a light—more powerful than candles—glowed. It came from the baby lying on the straw and glowed in the face of his mother. The shepherds were kneeling before the wonderful mystery that Gabriel had foretold.

“Jude tell me about the baby.”

“Your people have been told about him for centuries. The great prophet, Isaiah, spoke about this night—more than seven hundred years ago. Remember what happened when Gabe came to you when I remind you of the prophecy. Isaiah said:

The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.”

“You and the other shepherds saw the brilliance of the Lord’s glory shining in this

remote pasture. Isaiah continued his prophecy; listen.

The angel’s voice was like sweet, distant thunder for those waiting for rain.

“Isaiah said, ‘For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.’

“All of that, in the baby lying on the hay?” Haman said.

“Yes, and much more. I can’t tell you everything now.”


“When your heart and mind are ready. You will be ready to understand.”

As they talked, the scene from the stable gradually began to fade.

“Who will tell me?”

“ I will. Gabe told me to stay near you.” Jude said.


  1. An event predicted for hundreds of years, shown to the child. The wonder of Birth being given us in a different way. Yes.

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