So here is the stable and there is the manger,
The new Saviour sleeps on his first earthly night
The wise men brought riches, but we brought a candle
It's all that we have but it gives a good light
We are the shepherds, we walked cross the mountains
We left our flocks when the new star appeared
Oh the beautiful singin' of heavenly choir
We had to come see him, we had to come here!
We beg you forgive us for such a small offering
But our sheep are all out there with wolves in the night
We bring you this candle - it's all we have with us
But with it the new Saviour has his first light.
We are the shepherds...
We thank Thee kind Joseph for bidding us enter
Please take our gift for the new babe of thine
'Tis only one candle, but it is our symbol
Of how we believe that his great life will shine
We are the shepherds...
You know, I don't think there is a farmer across this whole country (and probably the world) that doesn't say the same thing on Christmas Eve if they have livestock to care for..."I fed the animals a little more and spent a few extra minutes in the barn (stable) with them tonight." I did.
I love the song I opened this post with (by Johnny Cash) - I have listened to it over and over for the past week or so. I wish I had a beautiful picture of my own flock laying peacefully out in their pasture, but I don't so you will just have to imagine it ;)
I hope it has been a peaceful Christmas for you and your family and if you know Jesus, then it should have been. If you don't know Him, if you chose to ignore Him and pretend that He isn't the reason there is a Christmas then I hope you did not have peace - I pray that you had a yearning so strong for something, for Him, that you need to seek until you find Him! Give God a chance in your life, why not?
I hear a lot of religious people shouting today about how the world is changing and trying to take God out of our day to day lives. I was thinking, though, when I was in the barn on Christmas Eve - how is that different from the night Jesus was born? Who paid attention? People on that night were running around, going from place to place to follow the dictates of their laws at the time and probably complaining or celebrating, depending on their circumstances. Joseph and Mary were probably looked down on, as they searched for a place to spend the night. Maybe someone in line behind Joseph at the hotel/inn thought "foolish man should have planned for his trip better and made reservations". An evil ruler wanted to destroy even the possibility of a threat to his power, the baby born that night. Did that bright light in the sky (the star) shine only to the shepherds or is it just that out there in the country, living close to the land, they were the only ones who took the time to look? And the Wise Men who traveled so far to bring gifts - do they represent the few level heads we might have still have in high places of this world, who sought peace in the most unlikely of places?
I don't know - I'm rambling, I guess ;) But its what I was thinking about on Christmas. It rushed by so fast, we hardly noticed it.
Is that what it was like on the night Jesus was born?