|A Real Manger|
It might be better to work backwards. Imagine there's a God who cares about us. Now, imagine that this God wants to communicate a certain message to us. Finally, imagine that the message is one of humility and love for the least among us. How would God communicate that message?
One way would be to come into our world in the most humble way imaginable, which is, of course, the nativity story. Which brings me to the word of the day, "manger." Since I had the nativity story drilled into me and it was in that context that I first learned the word "manger," I always thought that manger was a synonym for "crib," albeit a rustic one. When I went to Google images to get a picture for this post, almost every image was a "Biblical" manager. Frankly, growing up, all the nativity scenes I observed, the "manager" was a perfect fit for the baby Jesus, as though it was built for the purpose. Joseph was a carpenter, wasn't he? Maybe he built the manger especially for Jesus. Makes sense, doesn't it?
Obviously, I missed that point of the story. Here's the dictionary definition of "manger,":
a box or trough in a stable or barn from which horses or cattle eat.