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Away in a feed trough

Somehow “Away in a feed trough, no crib for a bed” doesn’t have the same feel as “Away in a Manger,” does it?

When I grew up, I always pictured a manger as a wooden structure with lots of hay in it, a nice soft “bed” for baby Jesus. The reality is that the manger was most likely a hollowed-out stone container. Yes, it was a feed trough for the animals. Could there have been hay in it? Perhaps. Or perhaps not. Was the stone cold? It would seem likely! Was it comfortable? I doubt it!

Click to keep reading this article written by Pastor Thomas Kock.

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