Episode #6: Shepherds

The sheep bleated contentedly in the dark over the soft murmurs of my friends. I yawned in the calm and rubbed my eyes.

Suddenly a sea of light flooded my gaze. Gentle chatter became stunned silence. My hands trembled and I dropped my staff.

A steady voice broke through the brightness, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.”

What news? Who was speaking? We huddled together in shock and terror.

The voice continued. “Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born; he’s the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You’ll find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

A Saviour is born? Could this be the one we were waiting for? Could I be honoured enough to see this baby? To meet this Saviour?

But before I could really take the news in, an amazing display covered the skies. Heavenly beings appeared in beautiful splendour and their thunderous voices roared in praise.  

We were then plunged back into darkness as they disappeared.

Silence.

My friends and I took in deep, shaky breaths. We had to see this baby. So we made the journey to Bethlehem right away.

The road seemed endless. But our eyes eventually met his.

He really was tiny, wrapped in swaddling and in a manger. The Saviour was surrounded by animals, straw and us - dirty shepherds!

We spoke over each other to be the first to tell the new parents what we’d heard from the angel.

Joseph didn’t really react. Mary was overjoyed.

As we returned to our sheep, what had happened seemed completely unreal. God had chosen us to welcome the Saviour in to the world – a Saviour for the insignificant.