A Wonderful Night
God sent his son Jesus Christ as Savior even for unclean people like shepherds.
W. Would you look at those stars! There's Orion and the Pleiades, a shooting star ... and another one! Aah, I will never get tired of looking at the night sky. There's so much to see. Have you ever tried counting the stars? You can't do it. I've tried. It's impossible. There are too many. Nights like this I know how David felt. You know David, David the king? He was a shepherd once, you know, like me. He wrote all kinds of songs. I won't sing it for you, but one goes like this: Lord, when I consider the heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you should visit him?
I think I know what David was getting at. When you look at these stars, you know there's a God out he created and he holds all these things in place. But could it be that that same God who created all this, could he know and care about us too, about human beings, about shepherds? I wonder about that sometimes.
Whew, it's cold out here. Come on over. Take a seat by the fire here. The sheep are all down for the night. They won't be getting up when it's this cold out. It's my turn to keep watch, and I could use some company to help me stay awake.
You're up from the city, I take it. It's nice out here, isn't it? You're not used to it, though. I can tell. You look kind of uncomfortable, kind of nervous. You're not scared, are you, of lions or wolves? I've got my rod here, my staff. I've even got a slingshot with five smooth stones just like David. You only need one if you use it right.
Maybe you're nervous about being with a bunch of shepherds. You've been listening to those townsfolk? You can't believe everything they say about us. Well, some of it you can believe ...
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Bryan Wilkerson is pastor of Grace Chapel in Lexington, Massachusetts.