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The Shepherds Came

As we celebrate Christmas, the wonder of God’s plan still amazes. God sent his Son to a human family. God designed the family and He affirmed it.

The angels announced the birth of a Savior to shepherds watching their flocks, and gave them a sign.

The shepherds went to Bethlehem, remembering the sign. They would find the baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.

Were these the shepherds who cared for the lambs that would be sacrificed at the temple in Jerusalem? I have read that newborn lambs chosen for sacrifice were wrapped in cloths.

What was it like for the shepherds to witness Jesus, the coming sacrifice for sin, wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger?

The words to a Christmas carol, written in the 14th century, expresses the wonder of our Savior’s birth..

            Unto us a Boy is born, 

           King of all creation: 

          Came He to world forlorn, 

         Lord of every nation. 

         Cradled in a stall was He 

         ‘Midst the cows and asses; 

         But the very beasts could see 

         He all men surpasses. 

          Herod then with fear was filled: 

         “A prince,” he said, “in Jewry!” 

         All the little boys he killed 

         At Bethl’em in his fury. 

         Now may Mary’s Son

         who came Long ago to love us, 

         Lead us all with hearts aflame 

         To the joys above us. 

         Omega and Alpha He! 

         Let the organ thunder, 

         While the choir with peals of glee 

         Rends the air asunder. 

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Carol is a follower of Jesus and a wife, mom & grandma. She worked for many years as a childbirth nurse and prenatal educator. She recently retired from clinical work. She has written articles for nursing journals and devotionals. Her novel, Aliisa's Letter, was published in 2010 and she is currently working on another project.