A Tale from Grandfather Shepherd

Here is the Christmas story from Grandfather Shepherd (as "told to" Terri Stewart):

Hi! Nice to meet you! I am Erasmos. Most people just call me Grandfather Shepherd. That is because in my younger days, I was actually a shepherd just like King David used to be a shepherd. Too bad I didn’t become king like he did! I have an incredible story to tell you that happened one night when I was tending to the flocks with a few of the other shepherds.

You know what shepherd’s do, right? A lot of people think we sit around doing nothing, but they are wrong! We protect the sheep, we guide the sheep from going into dangerous places, and we find the sheep when they are lost. Oh, and shepherds are with the sheep ALL. THE. TIME. That gets tiresome! We, me and the other shepherd boys, were with the sheep all the time. We smelled like it too!

So, get this. One night me and the other shepherds, Reuben and Nicodemus, were lying down to sleep in the field. Yes, we even slept with the sheep. And I have to tell you, I woke up more than one morning with sheep doody on my cloak. Pee-ewe! Well, this one time, we were settling down, we had cooked a small meal over a fire, and we were kind of lounging in the field watching the flocks snooze, and suddenly! Sha-zam! An angel appeared before us. I was terrified. And I’m pretty sure Reuben and Nicodemus squealed in surprise too. Angels don’t pop up every day. I wasn’t even sure it was an angel. It was just a tremendous sight. Beyond my description. Terrifying and beautiful at the same time.

It was like there were signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars signifying a great and beautiful event!

The angel turns to us in his glory and says, “Don’t be afraid!”

Well, it was too darn late for that! But as the angel talked, we calmed down because his voice was so beautiful. Then the angel said, “I am bringing you great news for all the people of the world. Today, in the city of David, (get it…we were shepherds and David, the greatest king of Israel and who the city of David is named for was a shepherd!). Woops..I’m getting off track…

The angel continued saying, “in the city of David, a savior is born…the Messiah…the Lord. And you will find him in a manger wrapped up in a mangy old blanket.” It was like the angel was speaking to us of the redemption of the world.

And then, when the angel was done telling us that, suddenly a whole bunch of angels started singing together. It was beautiful. Better than any choir I have ever heard. It was like God’s blessed choir. Amazing. They sang, “Glory to God in the highest and peace on earth for all…”

Do you know what we did next? After the angel told us that, we scurried off to Bethlehem, the city of David—where King David was born, and … wait! I think I’m going to save the rest of the story for another day. But what we saw changed our lives and I will never get the music out of my head and my heart…

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