Sunday, December 18, 2011
Where is your shepherd?
There were sheepherders camping in the neighborhood. They had set night watches over their sheep. Suddenly, God’s angel stood among them and God’s glory blazed around them. They were terrified. Luke 2:8-9 The Message Bible
Me: Good evening. It’s quiet out here.
Sheep 1: Seriously? You should have been ten minutes ago.
Sheep 2: No kidding. It was ridiculous.
Me: What happened? And where is your shepherd?
Sheep 1: We were just all having a quiet evening, doing some grazing and thinking about laying down to sleep, when all of a sudden, there was this light in the sky.
Sheep 2: And these people were in the sky and they were singing.
Sheep 3: They were angels.
Sheep 2: How do you know what an angel is?
Me: It doesn’t matter. Just tell me what happened? This sounds amazing.
Sheep 1: These angels – if that’s what they were – told our shepherds that their Savior was born in Bethlehem and that they should go meet him.
Sheep 2: And so our shepherds left us out here by ourselves.
Sheep 3: I think when angels tell you to do something, you better do it. I think that one of the angels is still up there, watching over us until our shepherds come back.
Sheep 2: Are you nuts? What are you talking about?
Sheep 3: I think there is something magical about tonight.
Me: I do too. Did they say anything else?
Sheep 1: I think one of them said that there is a baby in a manger and his mother is Mary and –
Me: What? Did you say Mary? I’ve been looking for a woman named Mary who is going to have a baby.
Sheep 1: Well, you best get going then, I think this is your gal.
Me: Well, I just came from Bethlehem, but I guess I will head back there. Thanks for all your help. I hope the remainder of your night is peaceful.
Sheep 2: I do too.
(Pictures were taken by my daughter Val at Saikeri, Kenya, when she was there volunteering last year.)