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The Little Lamb

The little lamb had been alive for a few weeks but was strong and full of life. He would dance in the field, here, there, and everywhere driving the other sheep crazy as they tried to eat grass, drink water, and rest. Twice he had danced off, far from the safety of the flock. One of the shepherds would have to go find him. The shepherd would fling the little lamb over his shoulders, carrying him back to safety.

The little lamb thought that this was great fun.

One night, as the sheep settled down, and were drifting into a deep sleep, the little lamb began to once again dance across the field. The shepherd would have none of that and swooped up the little lamb, draping the little lamb across his shoulders and around his neck. This time the shepherd produced a small piece of rope tied into a loop. There was a tiny bell attached to the loop and the loop was placed around the little lamb's neck. Any movement produced a lovely ringing sound. The little lamb was thinking how much fun this was going to be when, suddenly, the shepherd halted and the ringing stopped.

The dark sky became a sparkle of light and the light was filled with angels, many more angels than all the sleeping sheep. The angels began to sing and the light only became brighter, filling the sky.

The little lamb and the shepherds could only watch, their eyes full of wonder. The angels continued to sing and speak, but the little lamb could only understand the language of sheep. The shepherds seemed to understand which made the little lamb feel better and somehow safe. Then the angels were gone. The sky was dark once more, except for the millions of stars that seemed to shine over the town down at the base of the hill.

The shepherds faced each other and then turned to head down towards the town. The little lamb was still being carried. Perhaps the shepherd had forgotten he was carrying the little lamb. Perhaps the shepherd did not trust the little lamb to be left alone. As the shepherds walked the little bell would ring out its little ring. The little bell sang with each step;

Jingle Bells

Jingle Bells

Jingle All The Way...

Finally, they arrived at a manger, a small lean-to, meant to give cover to animals just like the little lamb. But, tonight, in this manger there was a little human baby. The shepherds were quiet but the little lamb could feel their excitement and wonder. Somehow, the little lamb sensed that this was a special little boy. The baby's mother and father did not look like shepherds but perhaps the baby would grow up to be a shepherd, even the greatest shepherd of all time. The little lamb thought that a likely possibility.

After a while, the shepherds turned and started back to where the sheep were sleeping. With each step, the bell once again joyously rang;

Jingle Bells

Jingle Bells

Jingle All The Way...

Back home again, the shepherd gently placed the little lamb on the ground and the little lamb easily found his mother and lay down close to her. He started to fall into a deep sleep. As he drifted off he thought to himself, "This is a day I will never forget. I believe something wonderful has happened."

That little lamb was right. Something wonderful had happened.

And it was just the beginning.

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. Luke 2:8-20

And this was the first

Merry Christmas!


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