I awaken from my restful slumber feeling outta sorts today is different,but I do not know why.I slowly stretch my tiny legs out and upwards towards the last of the incoming sunlight.It is then I hear a sound and look excitedly towards the door,I have been asleep all day,as most cats do.I then roll quickly over onto my soft tummy,stand up on my nimble paws, and dart quickly out the opened door,as I exit I swish my tail in the air a few times.I yawn as wide as my little mouth can take in my surroundings with great care you can never be too careful with the stray animals around.When I am sure the coast is clear no dogs, squirrels,and other animals,it is then I can and do slowly make my way off the premises with my paws gently retracing one of my favorite routes.I usually go to town for scraps even though my owners feed me the best that they can afford.I still like the merchants who live on the corner that give me the last few sips they have of sheep milk.I love how sweet it taste and how they seem to always know how I love to be petted while I am lapping it up.I tell you it is the cats life for me,the humans they have so much to deal with me I just eat,drink,and sleep.Sometimes I catch a rodent or two to earn my keep, but I try to keep those days few and far between,never get rid of them all or then your usefulness is outlived.All of a sudden I hear odd sounds coming from an Innkeepers place where I usually go for scraps.
“We have come for a room.Do you have one to spare?’ says this man I have never seen before and who is holding a very big woman’s hand.
The innkeeper gets real mad and tells them”Go away we have no room for you and especially for her.We do not want to get involved with a pregnant woman she may die in here and we do not want to be held responsible.”
The man says as the woman screams in pain,”Then where do you suggest I go to?”
The innkeeper very madly says”Go to the manger you can sleep there now quit bothering me.”He then slams the door in their weary faces.
I have never seen him so angry.I am drawn to get closer to them,so I walk to the man and the big woman,and it is then I see why she is so big,she is with child.I recall when my owners lady had her baby,she was in pain for hours.
I walk up to the man and brush against him,half expecting him to swat me away like a fly,but he scoops me up in his arms and says,”Hello little kitty how are you? I am Joseph and this is Mary. We have traveled a long way only to be turned down by everyone for a room.Would you like to stay with us for the night?”
I do not know them but the mans voice is calming and reassuring to me.I decide to forego the rest of my nightly prowl because something inside me says this night and these people are special in a big way.They may be covered in tattered clothing but their manners seem so warm and loving.I have never felt so loved and at peace both at the same time,not even by my owners.
I am so content that I purr so loudly the lady looks over at me.”Hello little cat I see we have our first visitor to the manger.Would you like to rest with me on the hay while my husband prepares me a bed in the hay?”I rest in her arms while her man makes the bed and places a cloth over it so that it makes the hay softer.
It is just then that the rest of the animals begin to arrive.I can say it was a night that I will long remember so many creatures of such different looks.A trio of men come they were called “”Wise men”” whatever they were,but they sure knew the names of each of the animals that arrived.I met Zebras,Lions,Sheep,Cattle,and the list is endless.I do believe the whole world of creatures were present.It was so strange to see Lions and Sheep sleeping side by side as was the Dog and Cat.Soon though the woman screams and drops me.I know it is time.
I do not want to watch but I do her face is all aglow by the shinning star in heaven.”She is giving birth to Jesus Christ” says a wise man.I look up to him but he and everyone else is looking at the woman.
All of a sudden she yells,”He is here!”The sound of trumpets ring out and cheers among the people and the animals fill the night air.
I have witnessed something so incredible and magnificent the birth of Jesus Christ and a new beginning for the world.I knew this night was special when I first woke up.I just had had no idea how special it was destined to become.Bethlehem became a place where so many would come to just to see where he was born.I was given the most precious gift of all to be there with Mary,Joseph,and Jesus Christ.