large red ribbon danced with excitement
as the choir practiced for the Christmas
Eve service. It would be his first ever
and he hung proudly on the door at the
back of the church, part of a wonderful
array of glittering decorations.
choir was singing, Hark the Herald Angels
Sing, and as he listened, he tried to
understand what was so special and beautiful,
but he really could not make it out.
to the music, he suddenly felt himself
slip off the nail and swirl onto the floor.
well," the ribbon thought, "I'm
sure Joshua, the nice man that hung me
up, will find me."
then, the choir finished and everyone
began bustling out the door. In their
excited chatter, no one noticed the ribbon,
and he was shuffled right out of the church
and into the cold night! As he lay on
the dark steps, he could only hope that
Joshua would look outside before he locked
the doors. He heard the sound of the lock
and he realized he was truly alone.
the north wind gusted across the steps,
floating the red ribbon high in the air
until he came to rest on - "Oh No!
- A busy street!" It was wet and
gravelly from traffic, and he could feel
the dirty water begin to soak into his
red satin. Noise grew louder and louder
as two bright lights came towards him,
and squashed him right down into the mire.
His ribbon lost all its crispness and
was completely covered in slush.
and more traffic rolled over him, and
he realized that he was now only one more
piece of garbage on a cold, dark city
ribbon heard footsteps. Soon, Joshua was
bending over him.
gracious!" exclaimed Joshua. "Ï
wondered where you had gone. I didn't
expect to find you."
ribbon was carried inside to the kitchen,
where he anxiously eyed the large garbage
can as they walked past. Instead, he found
himself in a sink of warm water, and felt
all the dirt float away. Soon, all parts
were clean and wrapped in paper towels.
gently dried and ironed the ribbon.
the church doors were unlocked for the
Christmas Eve service, the ribbon was
refastened to the door (this time very
securely). Many people stopped to admire
the ribbon, and he wished Joshua could
hear this reward of his love and care.
the choir began to sing, Hark the herald
Angels Sing, the ribbon listened again
to the words, trying to understand.
to raise the sons of earth,
Born to give them second birth"
birth? Suddenly, it became clear to him. He
had certainly been given a second birth. Did
God give people a second birth? He did not suppose
they were plucked out of the gutter, but if
somehow that is what God did for people, no
wonder Christmas was so joyful! The ribbon beamed
Joshua locked the back doors of the church
that evening, he looked at the ribbon.
"Somehow," he thought, "that
ribbon is even more beautiful then when
I first hung it there!"
Bennie is a freelance writer based in Calgary,
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