Little Hand that ruled the crèche
Reaching out to fondle life
From the straw and simple beasts
Greeting tradesman and his wife.
Little Hand from God come down
Made the trip so whole and hale
Soon to bear religion’s frown
Soon to feel the sledge and nail.
(Note: The juxtaposition of manger and cross we saw back in 1985. The Anderson Farm became a walkabout picture book from Gospel scene to scene, using mannequins, costumes, country props, subtle lighting and piped-in hymns. People came from all around. Evangelism. Little Lauren never forgot the display case with crown of thorns and spikes.)