Introductory Note:

In order to spend time with friends and family and in rest and worship this Christmastide, we are closing the Renovaré offices December 23—January 1. We will be back to daily postings beginning on January 2.

We wish you Christmas joy and every blessing of the season.

Renovaré Team

Sleep now, lit­tle one.
I’ll watch while you and your moth­er sleep.
I wish I could do more.
This straw is not good enough for you.

Back in Nazareth I’ll make a prop­er bed for you of sea­soned wood, smooth, strong, well-pegged. 

A bed fit for a car­pen­ter’s son. 

Just wait till we get back to Nazareth.
I’ll teach you every­thing I know.

You’ll learn to choose the cedar wood, euca­lyp­tus and fir. You’ll learn to use the draw­shave, ax and saw. 

Your arms will grow strong, your hands rough – like these. You will bear the pun­gent smell of new wood and wear shav­ings and saw­dust in your hair. 

You’ll be a man whose life cen­ters on ham­mer and nails and wood. 

But for now,
Sleep, lit­tle Jesus, sleep.

Ron Klug, Joseph’s Lul­la­by,” Deci­sion, Decem­ber 1973.

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