'Twas Just a Common Stable

by Henry B. Knox, The Visitor

He was a humble workman

With tools, with which He wrought

And built a common stable,

Or so it was he thought.

And he fashioned therein a manger

Where cattle could be fed,

Never thinking that the Savior

Would pillow there His head.

He had only built a stable

With a manger in the stall,

Yet it cradled there the Christ-child,

Who is the King and Lord of all!

So although our task be humble,

Let us work each day with care;

For we many not know God's purpose

Or why He placed us there.

For the manger which formed the cradle

Of our Lord and Savior here,

Was built by a humble workman

In Bethlehem of Judea.