Posted by Marjorie Ainsborough Decker text© 2011 on Nov 30th, 2013
A Great Christmas Gift for the Homeschool Family
The Christian Mother Goose BIG BOOK iBOOK For iPad and iPad Mini
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Greetings, and Merry Christmas! to our blog visitors today.
Like so many other old nursery rhymes, Little Blue Boy is embedded in history; and because rhyme is famously the “mother tongue” of children, the repeated oral telling of these old rhymes almost always antedates the written form.
And with “Little Boy Blue,” here enters the possible lofty pen of Shakespeare. The renowned Bard of Stratford-on-Avon wrote four lines in his play, “King Lear” (published in 1608) that do indeed echo the imagery of Little Boy Blue’s rhyme. So, we’ll have to vote on which came first: the passed-down, spoken rhyme from a Mother entertaining her little one; or were they created by the Master of literature? I vote for the Mom. Perhaps because I well remember my own Mother telling me rhymes that I have never seen in print.
Christian Mother Goose, however, pictures Little Boy Blue in the stable visiting the Baby Jesus. His horn is a miniature ” shofar“ (the ritual ram’s horn of the Hebrews) and is the oldest known form of wind instrument. The blast of the shofar is a thrilling, awe-inspiring declaration to Israel, since it is blown upon during great and mighty acts of God, Divine events, and the calling of Israel to the presence of The Lord. It was the “exceeding loud” voice of the Heavenly Shofar on Mount Sinai that caused Israel to tremble, as God gave Moses the Ten Commandments there.
Without wavering, the Bible continues to bridge the centuries, always pulsating with the promises of our coming Savior, and descriptions of His Person and Godhood; among them: “The Lamb of God, The Lord of Lords, King of Kings, Prince of Peace, Redeemer, Son of God, Alpha and Omega, Bread of Life, Light of the world, and The Lion of the Tribe of Judah!” Then, at last – that first Christmas! where Luke records what I call the voice of the Shofar of Heaven…”A multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, good will toward men.’” What a message! God is for us! The birth of The Lord Jesus proves it! And what a Gift! – “The Gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
And there, in a stable in Bethlehem, a little shepherd boy is witnessing the mightiest act of all eternity that demonstrates God’s love for us – “God was manifest in the flesh…” and Mary was HOLDING HEAVEN.
It is overwhelming to imagine Mary’s human hands holding The One Who holds the whole Universe in His hands. What a Savior!
So I say, “a Merry, blessed Christmas to all of our good visitors.
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