Birth in a Barn

Birth in a Barn

This is the time of year when it is politically correct to speak of Jesus. It is, after all, the Christmas season! A very long time ago, a couple traveled from Nazareth to Bethlehem to comply with a census that returned them to their town of origin. While there, the woman, Mary, was preparing to give birth. Unfortunately, there was no room for them to stay in traditional establishments. Perhaps due to all the other travelers, the inn was full. And so, searching for a safe place, they found a barn, where Mary gave birth, and they laid the child in a manger. Most likely not like this one, but you get the idea!
cat in manger

“Bootsie ” the cat in her favorite place.

Can you imagine the stress and travail they must have experienced, trying to prepare for the birth, and getting waylaid in a stable! And yet, God came, anyway. Perhaps not where they thought, but He showed up. As we experience the stresses and pulls of our lives, when things do not go our way, when we feel pulled and shut down and there appears to be no way out…We have this story. It reminds us the there IS, indeed, room…It may not be the way you expected it to be, but God will always show up. Sometimes, we may have to lay down our busyness, and return to the simplicity of what is most basic, grounding, and affirming, in order to see where the answer comes.
For those of us who embrace The Resonant Horse, we know that the very act of BEING in the barn is calming. We may not have/see the whole picture-how could we-but we know that in this place of smells and animals and safety; there IS room for God to be born. Perhaps you do not come from a faith tradition which mentions God. There IS room for greater love, purpose and passion to appear in your life. Breath by breath, creation can unfold. Here.
In the barn. Where, a long time ago, a birth occurred.
Whether you cherish this season– or perhaps have another holiday tradition– may you leave room. Leave room for curiosity, openness and love. That’s how the horses live!

Mindy Chernoff
Mindy Chernoff
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