The Animals on Christmas Eve (#SmallWonder Link-up)

Legend claims 
at midnight 
Christmas Eve
animals received 
the gift of speech,

but I imagine 
it was the other way around
that first starlight night.  

Animals didn’t gain
but humans lost, 
for once, 
their words.

they welcomed 
the Word in silence,
led by the animals 
in a chorus of mute wonder. 

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Welcome to the #SmallWonder link-up.

What if we chose to deliberately look for the small moments of wonder, the small sparks of presence, of delight or sorrow, of true humanity in which we meet God? 

That's my proposal - that we gather here each week to share one moment of Wonder from each of our days.  

You're invited to link-up a brief post about a small moment of wonder.  Don't worry if your post is too long, too short, or not just right - you're welcome to come as you are.  

While you're here, please do take a look around and encourage at least one other blogger with a comment.  


  1. What a wonderful imagining!
    Have you found Sally Lloyd-Jones Christmas board book called Song of the Stars. She imagines what the animals were doing to spread the word that Jesus had come. I found it to be enthralling! Your post brought it to mind.

    1. No, I haven't Michele. I'm only familiar with her Jesus Storybook Bible, I'll have to look it up. Thanks for the suggestion - I love finding new children's books.

  2. Beautiful, Kelly. I want to be both in silence & in wonder this Christmas.

    1. Thanks Joanne :) May you find your heart's desire.

  3. Struck mute by awe! All of us. Then. May it be so now too! Thanks, Kelly.

  4. I love the way you turned the legend around. That night was a time of wonder, I'm sure. I recently read about the shepherds and when they told others what they had seen, the hearers were all amazed.

    1. I just kept thinking about our pets and their silent presence which speaks so loudly in our house and how humans seem to think words are the highest form of praise. I wanted the animals to bring their own inherent gifts.

  5. I just love this...simply worded with a beautiful picture of the way I would imagine it to have been. Makes me smile with the love I have for our Christ.