Each year about this time, the first Christmas decoration to come out of our cupboard is this small pewter figurine of Mary and the baby Jesus with a little lamb at her side. I've had it for 30 some years; having found it on a sale table at a bookstore for $5. On the underside is stamped Concord pewter, and on the back, the signature Walli.
I've thought about that sculptor over the years, who managed to tell so much with so little; those simple lines show a Mother's devotion to the baby snuggling softly in her arms.
I love this little figurine, but more than that, I love the story it tells, of God who became a human being, who became a baby, to reach us, those children He loves.
"I came so they can have real and eternal life,
more and better life than they ever dreamed of."
Jesus, from John 10:10
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