Christmas, faith

And the Shepherds Were Watching…

The night was dark and cold as we stepped out of the truck in my mother’s neighbors yard.  Our breath hung in the air like a morning fog.

The sky was filled with stars as I looked up and  out across the fence in search of the little guy we came to claim.

Memories of many childhood rides home at Christmas time from Central Florida rushed back in a flash as I stood gazing at the stars–head thrown back–tears came.

It was a sky like this that I saw as a 6 or 7 year old child, looking out the car window.  Back then I wondered at the stars.

Which one was the announcing star?

Which bright light had the privilege of shouting to the world that the KING had come to earth?

I wondered at the life of that star.  Was it his special assignment?

I believe just like you and I were created to bring the message to the world–and bring God glory–so was that star created.

I believe that star may have started off a not-so-bright light.  And as time passed it began to change…until the night it was called upon to shine it’s BRIGHTEST!  The night HE was born.  The King of Kings….and LORD Of Lords.

With the shepherds watching…

Their normal–low pay grade job…. they did the same thing every night.  A quiet…almost routine night…except for that light in the sky that  began to shine brighter…and brighter…

A few “baa-aa’s” were heard throughout the little valley they were nestled in, then as the sheep began to sense the coming of the angel long before the shepherds saw him, the nightly harmonious sound of bleating picked up as the volume turned up.

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.   And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.  And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.   And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.  Luke 2:8-12

As I stood there at the fence a few nights ago, watching the sheep, I wondered at that night afresh.

I always imagine the Shepherds to be star gazers and dreamers.  Fully expecting to see a shooting star–or rainbow tucked in among the clouds on a rainy sheep-watching day.

They were watching….

Let me pose this question to you….as we draw nearer to the curtain close of 2012, and the dawning of 2013…are we watching with expectancy?

What if we did?

© Angie Knight- The Knightly News

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