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Shepherd Carrying Lamb
Third Tuesday: The Shepherds (Go Tell It On The Mountain)

Read: Luke 2: 15-20

The Shepherd and The Lamb

Jered ran towards Bethlehem; his legs aching, lungs stinging, ears still ringing. Glory to God in the highest! Only a few short hours ago, he had hoped never to set foot in town again, and now, here he was. He couldn’t get there fast enough!

Jered was the first shepherd to arrive. At the sound of his approach, the sleeping mother stirred. A man, seated against the wall, resting, raised his head. His arm was cradled around a feeding trough at his side.

“The angels!” Jered gasped. “They said I’d find a baby.”

The man, Joseph, studied the breathless and bewildered boy. Clearly he had heard from God and had been sent to them.

“The child is here,” Joseph said. He motioned to where the baby lay in the trough beside him.

“This is Christ the Lord!” Jered said. Joseph smiled softly. He watched the young shepherd gaze with wonder at the child.

“Have you ever held a baby?” Joseph asked.

“No. Not unless sheep count. I’ve helped with the birth of many lambs,” Jered replied.

“Well, then, he’ll be in good hands.” Joseph picked up his son and Jered realized what was being offered.

“I’m dirty,” Jered said, looking at his hands, his clothes.

Joseph looked around the stable. “There’s not much here that isn’t,” he said.

As Jered held the infant, his joy overflowed into praise. Glory to God in the highest!

The other shepherds arrived and filled the small stable. Soon they all sang in joy and praise. It was near dawn when they finally left. Jered told everyone he met about what he had seen and heard. Crowds gathered to listen. Among them, Jered saw the boys from the market place.

“Today a Saviour has been born to you,” he said looking into their astonished faces. “He is Christ the Lord! The Lamb of God!”

Being a shepherd wasn’t so bad after all.

by Kelly Dycavinu

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Question: God had a special job for Jered and it brought him much joy. What do you think God might like you to do that also fills you with joy?

Together: Sing Go Tell It On the Mountain.

Prayer: Pray for your friends, family and neighbours who need to hear about Jesus.

Go, tell it on the mountain
Over the hills and everywhere
Go, tell it on the mountain
That Jesus Christ is born

Down in a holy manger
The humble Christ was born
And God sent down salvation
That blessed Christmas morn

Go, tell it on the mountain
Over the hills and everywhere
Go, tell it on the mountain
That Jesus Christ is born

While shepherds kept their watch
O’er silent flocks by night
Behold throughout the heavens
There’s shone a holy light
Halleluiah

Go, tell it on the mountain
Over the hills and everywhere
Go, tell it on the mountain
That Jesus Christ is born
That Jesus Christ is born

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Introduction to Face to Face: Advent Reflections

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