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The Manger Maker of Bethlehem

by Wilda Morris

Just another manger

for the innkeeper, he thought

as he hollowed out the wood,

made the indentation deep

wide, solid enough for cattle

or donkeys to feed from.

Just another manger,

but he’d been taught

to always do his best

no matter how meager the task.

His father always said

whatever you make

will bear your mark.

He cut the wood carefully,

made it sturdy,

sanded it smooth,

splinterless, built it

with as much care

as if it had been a throne

for a king.

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