Thoughts: Well, that night started out just the same as any other – cold, long, some of the sheep carryin’ on and not wantin’ to settle down.
‘Bout midnight we’s settin’ round the far, and things was fair quiet, when I looked up and let out a whistle – soft-like, so’s not to spook the sheep
“Lookit that thar star! Jever see one that big?”
Wasn’t only big—that was the brightest star I ever hope to see. We’s all quiet as quiet, jest lookin’ and wonderin’. Then we heard a voice comin’ from up above, and we looked up, and thar’s an angel jest a-lookin’ splendid in a long, white robe, and with wings that stuck out for miles, either side of him.
And this here angel’s tellin’ us not to be skeered- guess he could sure tell we was-that he had “glad tidings of great joy”- was the way he put it. And he’s tellin’ us the Messiah has been born-the Savior – the one we’d all waited fer and prayed fer – and he was over to Bethelem – right now – in a stable?
Seemed a poor place for the Messiah to be born. You’d think they coulda planned bettern that. Then they’s more angels jest a “fillin” the sky and they’s singin; “glory to God in the highest and on earth, peace, good will to men.” I’m here to tell you, it was beeyoutiful. Then they’s gone.
Well, sir, after a minute or two, I jumped up. “Bethlehem aint fer away,” I told ‘em. “Less go see!”
Discussion: Why were the shepherds chosen to receive the good news from the angels?
Activity: Send your won good news and love to distant family and friends.
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