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Second Thursday: The Shepherds (Do You Hear What I Hear?)

Read: Luke 2:8-14

A Shepherd’s Song

“You’re dirty!”

“You stink!”

“Is that dung in your hair?”

The town boys skipped around Jered as he walked through the market square.

“Dirty dumb dung boy,” they began to chant, over and over. “Dirty dumb dung boy, dirty dumb dung boy.”

Jered hated the days when he was sent to town to collect supplies. The boys knew when he would come: at the end of the day when discounts were given on the day-olds. It was the same thing every time. The boys taunted and mocked him. They stared and, sometimes, they threw stones. They always sang.

Dirty dumb dung boy. The four words echoed in Jered’s mind as he walked back to the fields. The sky was darkening and soon the campfire would be lit to keep off the cold. Dirty dumb dung boy. If only I didn’t ever have to go into town, he thought. If only I was anything other than a shepherd. Dirty dumb dung boy. If only I could get that song out of my head!

Fear Not, detail © 2013 by Hyatt Moore

And then, the night sky brightened as though it were day. Jered’s heart raced with fear and he ran to join the others. There was a stranger among them—a glowing stranger! “Do not be afraid,” he said, “I bring you good news of great joy….” There was ringing. Bells, Jered thought, do I hear bells? He looked to the others. They were as astonished as he was. They all looked like camels with their jaws dropped to the side.

The ringing grew louder. Lights of all colours shimmered in the sky. Then the song erupted. “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favour rests.” It was the most dazzling dance, the most majestic music, the sweetest sound! It was a song Jered knew he would sing for the rest of his life. “Glory to God in the highest!”

by Kelly Dycavinu


Question: How did the boys’ taunting make Jered feel? How did he feel when he heard the angels sing?

Together: Sing Do You Hear What I Hear?

Prayer: Lord, thank you for the angels’ joyful song. Thank you for the beautiful songs You sing to us and the wondrous sights we have seen. Amen.

Said the night wind to the little lamb:
“Do you see what I see?
Way up in the sky, little lamb
Do you see what I see?
A star, a star, dancing in the night
With a tail as big as a kite
With a tail as big as a kite”

Said the little lamb to the shepherd boy:
“Do you hear what I hear?
Ringing through the sky, shepherd boy
Do you hear what I hear?
A song, a song, high above the trees
With a voice as big as the sea
With a voice as big as the sea”

Said the shepherd boy to the mighty king:
“Do you know what I know?
In your palace warm, mighty king,
Do you know what I know?
A Child, a Child shivers in the cold
Let us bring Him silver and gold
Let us bring Him silver and gold”

Said the king to the people everywhere:
“Listen to what I say:
Pray for peace, people everywhere!
Listen to what I say!
The Child, the Child, sleeping in the night
He will bring us goodness and light
He will bring us goodness and light”


Introduction to Face to Face: Advent Reflections

Fear Not © 2013 by Hyatt Moore. Used with permission.

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