Posted by: Thomas Drinkard | December 14, 2014

A New Christmas Fable – Part 4

The Gospel of Matthew tells the story of the wise men who came to Bethlehem to see the Christ Child.  There are arguments about their number and timing, but in this fable, we’re going to stay with the traditional three.

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As Haman and Jude made their way into Bethlehem, the shepherd boy’s curiosity intensified. The streets, even in the early morning hours were busy. People were still trying to register their names in accordance with the emperor’s command, but there were people and animals in the lanes that were different.

When Jude led Haman to the stable behind the inn, though, a sense of serenity enveloped the boy. At the moment he entered the place, only Joseph, Mary and Jesus were there.

Without being told, when the shepherd approached the manger where the Christ Child lay, he dropped his knees in awe. Jude was beside him.

Mary said nothing, but smiled and touched the boy’s hair.

As they stood, Jude spoke quietly to Haman.

“Others are coming, they are the reason that you need to be here. They must be aware of your presence as they arrive.”

“Who are the others?” Haman said.

“The wizards and their people. I’ll tell you what to do and say. They won’t see me. Only you and the Holy Family will know I’m here. Don’t worry, you will understand,” Jude said.

A young girl, dressed in clothing that Haman thought unusual, came into the stable.

She approached the manger and touched the rough wood as if her hands had found the world’s most precious substance.

She bowed, and then knelt. When she rose she smiled and bowed to Mary.

When she looked up, she seemed to see Haman for the first time?

“Who are you?” she said.

“My name is Haman, I was in the fields where the angels came to tell us of the birth of this Holy Child. Who are you?”

“I am called Adiva. I have come with the court of Melchior, the scholar. We have come to pay homage to the newborn King of Israel,” she says.

“What do you do for your master?” Haman said.

“I am a translator. Lord Melchior doesn’t speak the language of the people of Bethlehem, but—as you can hear—I do. He will speak to the Child’s parents through me,” she said.

“Where is he now?” Haman said.

“He’s been to the court of King Herod. He, along with Lords Caspar and Balthazar, will be here soon. They’re bringing precious gifts for the Child and his family.”

Jude was standing beside the shepherd boy and spoke to him in words that had no sound, but were clear in his mind.

“Tell her that you will help if she needs someone to advise her or her master on local matters,” Jude said.

Haman offered his help, just as the angel suggested.

Adiva, though a translator, had only a thin knowledge of the land in which she found herself. The shepherd boy, speaking to her in a stable, under the glow of a guiding star, offered welcome assistance.

She readily accepted Haman’s offer.

“Haman, I hear the camels and horses of my master’s court and those of the others. Please stay close, but quiet. Let me tell them about you.

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