A Shepherd at Jesus’ Birth

I am a shepherd,mural-Birth
brave and bold.
I tend, night and day,
a very large fold.

One night an angel appeared to
some others and me,
And said that in Bethlehem was a
Savior for us to see.

And that we would find him
wrapped in swaddling clothes.
Then came, praising God, a multitude
of angels of the heavenly host.

When the angels were gone,
we left with haste,
For the Savior we wanted to see so much,
no time did we waste.

After seeing the Savior
we spread the news we had been told.
Then we went back
to our fold.

I left feeling as
a new shepherd,
Rejoicing to God for
what I’d seen and heard.

© Kat Kreations/Kathi Isbell (age 12) – dug this one out of some old papers.

Psalm 23 Prayer

Lord, You are our Shepherd; we shall lack nothing.Prayer Warrior Sheep
You make us lie down in green pastures,
lush and abundant for our needs.
You lead us beside quiet waters
from which we drink, unafraid,
finding a quenching for our thirsts.
You restore our souls–
even by merely Your presence in our lives.
You guide us in paths of righteousness,
directing our steps into that which brings You glory.
Even though we walk through the darkest valley,
in this world beset by the effects of sin,
we fear no evil, for You, our Daddy,
are with us each step of the way.
Your rod of holiness and Your staff of mercy bring comfort to us,
as You discipline us and embrace us with Your unfailing love.
You prepare a feasting table before us
in the presence of the enemies of our faith,
testifying to Your sovereign ability to meet all of our needs.
You anoint our minds with oil of gladness
–a joy inside, daily produced by the peace
of Your Spirit within us . . . abundantly overflowing!
Surely Your goodness and Your love will follow us
all the days of our lives,
and we will make our home in You,
as You dwell within us, forever. Amen.

–adapted from Psalm 23 by Kat Kreations/Kathi Isbell

Luke 2:8-20

Father, thank You for Jesus and the life I have in Him!

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“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.” (v 8 NIV)

“The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, ‘Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!'” (John 1:29 NIV)

“I am the good shepherd.  The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep … I know My sheep and My sheep know Me … and I lay down My life for the sheep” (John 10:11, 14-15 NIV).

“Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing in the center of the throne … ‘Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!'” (Rev 5:6, 12 NIV)

“We all like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.  He was oppressed and afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth, He was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so He did not open His mouth.” (Isaiah 53:6-7 NIV)

People had been waiting for centuries for the coming of the Messiah.  When, finally, You brought this highly acclaimed deliverer, You chose to reveal the news to some ordinary shepherds.  Everything about Jesus was not always what people expected, but always what You had promised.

How fitting for shepherds to be the first to hear this wondrous news!  For Your Son, Jesus, would Himself be both the Good Shepherd and the Lamb of God.  You were sending Him into this world to lead, guard, and care for us as a shepherd would each sheep (Psalm 23).  He also came to become the sacrificial lamb, which would be slaughtered once for all the sins of all people for all time (Heb 9:26-28; 10:10).

If Your purpose had been different, Lord, You might have announced this birth night to someone else.  If Your intention would’ve been to send Jesus merely to over throw Roman rule, You might have startled soldiers not shepherds.  If Your aim would’ve been to send Him to heal all our physical ailments, You might have aroused a bunch of doctors.  Yet You had different plans.

You knew our deeper need and had been planning since creation for meeting that need.  Through the Levitical priesthood, You established the practice of sacrificing a lamb as a means of atoning for sin.  You knew that our deepest need was not political freedom, physical healing, or the like.  Rather, You knew that we most needed to be freed from the clutches of sin, forgiven for our wrongs against You, and found to belong to You.

Thank You, Jesus, for being my Shepherd and for being that Lamb who died for me.  Amen.